Finally, after two years on the sidelines due to injury, top lightweight contender Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov made his highly anticipated return to action at last night’s (April 16, 2016) UFC on FOX 19 from Tampa, Florida.
Despite the layoff, the undefeated Dagestani wrestler quickly returned to form, scoring a dominant finish over UFC newcomer Darrel Horcher.
Horcher, however, accepted the bout on just over a week’s notice after Nurmagomedov’s original opponent, Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, pulled out of the bout with an injury.
Taking to his official Instagram account after the fight last night, Ferguson gave his opinion on “The Eagle”, not giving him too much credit:
Not Impressed One Bit By @Khabib_Nurmagomedov Performance tonight against @horchermma making his @UFC Debut #UFCTampa. He demands for Title Shot… Yet Demands Media/No One Talk about a Real Modern Day Warrior…Me #ElCucuy The way I C it, U CAN’T RUN FROM ME FOREVER #EAGLE… We Have only just Begun… Fight a Real #UFC Fighter, Make some Real Weight 155lbs, And Go Five Full Rounds W/ Me… “”I’M YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE…” | Saving the Peruvian Necktie Just for You Habib | #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapDownCity #Road2Gold I can’ wait to smash your face & put you to sleep… #10P4L
Ferguson, a man currently ranked No. 4 in the 155 pound weight class, has won seven straight fights including five by way of finish. Many were intrigued by a potential scrap between he and Nurmagomedov, and although he’s clearly still lobbying for his shot, it appears as if “The Eagle” is gearing up to face the winner of July’s title fight between champion Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez.
After all, Nurmagomedov is the last man to beat dos Anjos back in 2014.
With that being said, who would you like to see Ferguson meet if “The Eagle” is not an option?