Three “Huh?” Moments in MMA Last Week: Avoiding Ryan Hall, Izzy on Commentary, and Khabib’s Future

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov Credit: Jeff Sherwood/

Mixed Signals on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Future

Depending on who you ask, expectations for the future of the current UFC lightweight champion/retired cow farmer Khabib Nurmagomedov are wildly different. Huh?

“I told you guys that I think he’s going to go to 30 (wins),” White added, referencing the fact that Nurmagomedov is still undergoing drug tests as part of the UFC’s partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. “If he’s still testing – why the hell would you want to test still if you’re not going to fight?” – via

What say you, Khabib?

“You can fight until you’re 40, but there should be a goal,” Nurmagomedov said, as translated by Russian media outlet RT. “I had a goal to reach the summit, and I got there. Further, I have no competitive interest. Next year I will graduate. I’d like to (build on) my thesis, do a masters course, dedicate more time to studying. I’ve bought sheep, I tend to my farm. I’d like to develop in this field a little. I have the bull calves out to feed. I have cows.” – via MMA Junkie

    Well. That’s something. Obviously there won’t be a conclusion to this saga anytime soon, and there doesn’t really need to be. With the rest of the lightweight contenders, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, and Charles Oliveira (don’t you dare bring up Michael Chandler) all fighting in the coming months, someone will emerge as the potential next contender for Nurmagomedov.
    Should Nurmagomedov choose to not return, the winners of the two bouts face each other. Easy peasy. Matchmaking in a loaded division like the UFC’s stable at 155-pounds is as fun as it is easy, with no real wrong choices, whether or not they include Nurmagomedov.

Ranked UFC featherweight Ryan Hall is annoyed with his lack of action. Maybe he should find a side-gig, like that of Israel Adesanya. The UFC middleweight title-holder is doing boxing commentary for a Mike Tyson fight in 2020. That is cemented for the future, unlike anything we’re hearing about the future of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Huh.

Huh? for the road


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