Khabib Nurmagomedov is back on the right path after nearly taking a year off. He came back in a big way as he scored an impressive win over Edson Barboza at UFC 219.
Now, he’s right back in the title picture in the lightweight division. However, its a bit backlogged at the moment due to the champion, Conor McGregor, not defending the title for over a year now.
Nurmagomedov stated in the past that he wants to fight three times this year and is willing to fight both McGregor and interim champion Tony Ferguson on the same night if the UFC would let him.
Obviously, the promotion isn’t going to book him in two fights in one night. However, he already has plans in place if it doesn’t happen, which is likely. Those plans involving him fighting former champion Eddie Alvarez.
Nurmagomedov’s father and trainer, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, recently spoke with MatchTV.ru. During the interview, he stated that his son is interested in fighting Alvarez if it makes sense.
“I think that Conor, Diaz, and Ferguson, instead of fighting with Khabib, will be better off against each other 30 times,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting) “If Conor and Ferguson fight among themselves, give us Alvarez. He said that he was preparing Barboza for Khabib. Well, let’s see, let him go himself now.”
For those who may not know, Alvarez is a training partner of Barboza. The UFC could make this fight happen as it makes sense if you are basing it on the rankings.
“If in the first third of Ramadan, then this is normal: Khabib will not begin to weaken,” said Abdulmanap. “In fact, eight days before the fight, when he makes weight, he already eats little and eats less than in Ramadan after sunset. Until May 22, we are ready to take the fight.”
“As for the 66kg [145 pounds], we were never interested in fighters in that weight,” said Abdulmanap. “Neither Holloway nor Aldo. If people in the 70 kg division [155 pounds] cannot get out from under Khabib, do you think that someone in 66 kg can do it? Holloway is small.”