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Dana White Needs An Opponent For Khabib Nurmagomedov, Michael Johnson Volunteers


Khabib Nurmagomedov is still without an opponent after Gilbert Melendez dropped out of their planned UFC 170 bout. The reasons behind Melendez dropping out were pretty vague, it seems it was just a case of bad timing. What we do know is that there aren’t many fighters willing to face ‘The Eagle’.

Nurmagomedov has an outstanding 21-0 record, and is a dynamo at 155. UFC president Dana White took to his twitter account to voice his difficulty in finding an opponent for the Russian Sambo champion:

Nate Diaz had originally been linked to the Russian prospect, but it seems that negotiations had come to a halt for unknown reasons. Props to White for the jab at Diaz there, but one fighter calling out everyone and their mamas is Michael Johnson. ‘The Menace’ just knocked out Gleison Tibau at UFC 168 and is definitely looking for a top opponent:

Johnson’s August 2013 win against Joe Lauzon put him in good standing and his beasting of the veteran Tibau showed that he is still evolving. Fighting out of the Blackzillians is obviously upping Johnson’s game and a fight with ‘The Eagle’ could be a barn burner.

As far as the rankings are concerned, Johnson sits at number 13 while Nurmagomedov resides in the seventh spot. The facts that White is so desperate for a replacement and that Johnson is on fire may be the deciding factors in making this exciting match a reality.

Photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  • Ivy

    EXCELLENT plan

  • See that's the kinda fighter i like… fighters with cojones! Get in the octagon and scrap with whoever whenever!

    • I won't pick him to beat Khabib but I think he's a good match and I would pull for him.

      • I'm not sure if he'd win but i too would be pulling for him if it happened. I'm a fan of both and it's a great match up! If Johnson keeps moving and avoids the clinch, he has a good chance cause i think his striking is more fluid and he has more power.

        • I feel he is likely faster too. But Khabib is destructive to say the least. Great fight this one.

  • which fight is that pic from?

    • ian

      Johnson vs Tibau, ufc 168 i think

      • oh you're right – thanks. On the first glimpse it just looked like he was punching Wanderlei?! ….. but then I was like hmmmm no not fuc…g likely 😉

  • Nice!!! Fast track for him if he wins…smart and aggressive…I like it!