Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov has been struggling to get a fight booked in the UFC’s packed lightweight division.
He has been lines up to fight two top contenders in Nate Diaz and his trainer partner Gilbert Melendez, but both fight have failed to materialise.
White has put this down to “nobody” wanting to fight fight him, but he received critiscm for his comments from Diaz who said he and the UFC were full of s**t. Still “The Eagle” remains unbooked for his next fight.
Yesterdays the Russian fighter appeared on The MMA Hour, with his manager who helped translate; Sam Kardan. When speaking about Melendez and Diaz’s inability to agree on a contract, Nurmagomedov said they need to sort things out because he’s ready to fight them.
“I guess Melendez and Diaz need to work things out with the UFC. I’m ready, I’m working out. I’m in top shape. I’m ready fight. It’s been about four months since my last fight with (Pat) Healy. I’m ready, they need to work things out.” Nurmagomedov said.
“The Eagle” also gave his thoughts on the UFC presidents claims that nobody wanted to fight him.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say that everyone is afraid to fight me. I know that Dana White said that the elite of the lightweight division is afraid to fight me. I guess they don’t want to lose to someone like myself who’s not as famous or not as popular as they are.”
He may not be as “famous” or as “popular” as the rest of the divisions elite, but he is certainly as skilled and as talented as anybody in the top 5.
Nurmagomedov has an immaculate professional MMA record of 21-0; which includes five fights in the UFC. In his last fight at UFC 165, “The Eagle” battered MMA vet Pat Healy en route to a unanimous decision win.
Stil, Nurmagomedov believes nobody wants to fight him because he doesn’t have a big name. However, he says he will take both Diaz and Melendez on at once.
“I understand that it’s going to be a tough fight for them. I don’t have as much of a name in the US right now as they do, so a loss to someone like myself with definitely set them back. So, I do get that. I do get the business aspect of it, but I do think they should fight. If they say they are willing to fight the best, they should fight the best. If they want, I’ll take them both at once in the cage.”
Confident words from Nurmagomedov, but why wouldn’t he be confident? He’s on a roll right now and has look outstanding since joking the UFC.
“The Eagle” finished with a message for the two Cesar Gracie fighters; saying if they accept a fight he won’t hit them hard.
“This message is for Nate and Melendez, if you take the fight I won’t hit you hard, I’ll just wrestle you.”
I can’t wait for Diaz’s response.
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