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Khabib to Retire in 18 Months?

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UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, 28, is a perfect 25-0 in mixed martial arts. Coaches are characteristically given far more credit in Russia than in the USA, so when Khabib’s coach, speaks, it’s worth listening to. Plus, his long-time coach is also his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

The father/coach spoke recently with the Russian language tabloid Life.ru, and said his son would win the lightweight title, defend it numerous times, and then retire at the age of 30.

“I don’t want to upset any fans but Khabib is 28 years old and by 30 he has to finish his career,” said Abdulmanap, as translated by Egemen Birben for Karim Zidan and BE. “I’ve never voiced this opinion before, didn’t talk about it to anyone. But I’m afraid he’s got left 1.5 years.”

“I want him as a healthy, thinking person. I want him to develop other fighters. In such a big sport, a career between 24-30 years old is enough.”

Khabib fights Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 on march 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. If he wins that, the next fight would be vs. lightweight champion Conor McGregor. If he wins that, according to pops, he then defends the belt lots of times.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.