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Khabib wants to fight Tony Ferguson in April or May, then retire from UFC

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, believes he only has one hurdle left to clear to cement himself as the greatest lightweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time.

That’s according to his uncle, Alex Nurmagomedov, who told Russian website Sport Express (via MMA Junkie) “The Eagle” already balked at $15 million to rematch Conor McGregor and wants to finish his business with “El Cucuy” next spring.

“We planned (a Ferguson fight), but it can pass only if Khabib remains in the UFC,” Nurmagomedov said. “Many organizations with large prize funds offered him to sign a contract: Bellator, Akhmat, Fight Night. If Khabib remains in the UFC, then in April or May there will be a battle with Ferguson.”

Nurmagomedov threatened to bail on UFC if promotion president, Dana White, released featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. That drew subsequent offers from Bellator and boxing, but it appears “The Eagle” is staying put.

In addition, there hasn’t been much interest in a McGregor do-over after “Notorious” was throttled earlier this month in Las Vegas, eventually succumbing to a fourth-round submission before embarking on his whiskey tour.

Ferguson captured his 11th straight win at UFC 229 by stopping Anthony Pettis.