KARACHI: Former UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Tony Ferguson is "not smart enough" to pull up an agreement for the two to coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
During their primes, Khabib versus Ferguson was one of the best 'what if' battles in MMA history. Both guys had to withdraw from scheduled fights with each other four times due to injuries and weight-cut concerns until the coronavirus pandemic cancelled their final battle in April 2019.
Now that the Russian has retired and Ferguson is nearing the end of his career after four straight losses in the promotion, the two are hoping to revive their rivalry once again. They've discussed coaching together on The Ultimate Fighter reality programme, and Nurmagomedov appears to have accepted.
The former lightweight champion, on the other hand, was sceptical about Ferguson's ability to close the deal.
"I don't hate this guy, you know. I like him. But he does have little bit of brain problem, I think", Khabib told MMA Underground
"This is my opinion, but for him, this is good. Because he's 38 he doesn't need to compete with all these lions. They're young, they're hungry, he's like 38, just come with me, make money, do like some Ultimate Fighter show, be coach, be nice. For him, for his kids, for his family, it's going be better. But I don't think he is smart enough to do business with me."