DC’s fighting future is uncertain at the moment, but UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to see his teammate fight again.
“I really want him to fight with Stipe Miocic rematch and finish his career,” Nurmagomedov said during the UFC 242 conference call (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “This is what I want. I don’t know about his plan but honestly I want him to fight maybe February or March, fight with him last fight and then finish.”
Cormier has also been dealing with personal tragedy after UFC 241, as his stepfather had recently passed away.
Nurmagomedov says a lot of personal issues have been affecting American Top Team (ATT) in recent weeks.
“When DC loses, it was a very sad moment for us,” Nurmagomedov said. “Same time, Cain Velasquez lost his mother and after a couple of days, DC lost his father. It was a little bit hard week for all AKA team but it is what it is. When God wants something, nobody can change this. Losing the belt is nothing when you lose your father or mother. When you lose belt, of course DC is sad but when you lose you father, it’s completely different.”
UFC 242 takes place on Saturday, September 7 from The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.