With Title Belt On Hold, Khabib Nurmagomedov Eyes Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller Winner


UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov has put together an outstanding record during his six year career, racking up a perfect 22-0 and that includes six UFC wins. Most recently defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 11 by unanimous decision, many believed that a title fight was imminent for the Russian wrestler.

That doesn’t seem to be the case for ‘The Eagle’ though, as he told MMABoxing.ru that he awaits the winner of Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller. Bloodyelbow had the translate:

“There are so many questions about my next fight but I have no any answer yet,” Nurmagomedov said “I’m just waiting phone call from the UFC. But I think most likely my next fight will be against the winner of Cerrone – Miller bout.”

With Anthony Pettis and the lightweight title tied up until 2015 at the earliest, it could be a wise move to stay active. A loss would certainly be no good for his title aspirations, but more often than not just taking the gamble will keep a fighter in good graces with the UFC. Many have fallen in to the trap of waiting before, and frequently end up losing out.

Nurmagomedov’s UFC record includes decisions over Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo, Pat Healy, RDA and nasty finishes against Kamal Shalarus and Thiago Tavares. His high pace wrestling and unorthodox striking make ‘The Eagle’ a nightmare to keep up with. It’s no wonder that the guy had trouble getting a fight this year before dos Anjos.

‘Cowboy’ and Miller will collide next Wednesday (16 July, 2014) at Fight Night 45, and it would appear that ‘The Eagle’ lays in wait for the victor. At this point, I would love to see a scrap between Cerrone and Nurmagomedov, what do you think?

  • Gee I wonder why Benson Henderson slipped his mind?lol.

  • Future champ right there. However, I also feel Cerrone has the skills to take the belt, but he seems to be his own worst enemy sometimes.