Khabib: I agree with fans frustrations, but I don t feel that they have abandoned me

Get the Full StoryDespite his string of fight cancellations, Khabib Nurmagomedov feels he still has the support of MMA fans. Because of his reputation of pulling out from fights, fans now seem jaded with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The most recent one that has turned off many spectators was the cancellation of his supposed interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 last March.

Khabib says he does see where the fans are coming from, and all the frustration that has been expressed. But despite this, he still feels he has the support of many in the MMA community.

I don t feel people have abandoned me , Nurmagomedov said on Monday s MMA Hour episode via MMA Fighting . This is what I feel, I understand a lot of fans. They treated me like, Hey, you have to fight, but I agree with this. It s why I tried to come back. It s why I m going to hospital, having surgeries. People think I love surgery? I don t think somebody loves surgery.

Khabib s main issue had always been making weight, which he says he is diligently working on. He has made it his current mission, as he pushes for a fight against Ferguson at UFC 219.

Trying to come back, training every day every day, training full-time this is not easy. I agree with fans, I have to fight. I have to make weight. I have to stay professional. I agree with this. But when I fight, I all the time smash my opponents. All the time, when I fight.

Now I have one goal, and by the end of the year, one dream fight: This is fight versus Tony Ferguson. This is what I want.

UFC 219 is scheduled for December 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.