Khabib Nurmagomedov may be standing on the cusp of greatness, but according to his father, he already has one foot out the door.
Set to square off against rival Tony Ferguson for the lightweight interim championship at #UFC209 this weekend, the Dagestani grappler has been talking a big game about his plans to dominate the division, even going so far as to claim that he wouldn't be giving Conor McGregor a rematch after he beat him for the outright championship.
His father, however, sees a different future for "The Eagle."
"I want him as a healthy, thinking person. I want him to develop other fighters." said Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov when speaking with spoke to Russian tabloid Life.ru. "In such a big sport, a career between 24-30 years old is enough.”
Especially when you've been fighting bears since age 6.
Well, if nothing else, this would certainly explain why Nurmagomedov would be unwilling to grant McGregor that rematch: At the rate Khabib fights, he'd be gone by the time it was even being discussed. While we've yet to hear the man himself confirm his father's words, it's definitely something to keep an eye out for as UFC 209 approaches.