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Khabib Nurmagomedov's options for first UFC lightweight title defense

Khabib Nurmagomedov's options for first UFC lightweight title defense”

McGregor was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after he tossed a dolly through the window of a minibus carrying UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov, 29, is now styled as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, but there are at least two fighters who legitimately could dispute that label. Finally, Al Iaquinta stepped in a day before the fight and finally gave Khabib an opponent.

That the New Yorker accepted the fight on one day's notice shouldn't take away from the continued dominance by the new champion, whose lengthy unbeaten ledger is a rarity in MMA.

But in the aftermath of Nurmagomedov's dominant victory over Al Iaquinta in the main event of Saturday's UFC 223 card in Brooklyn, New York, the new 155-pound champion was more than willing to settle the score with McGregor.

The former champion, whose belt was stripped this week due to inactivity, has bigger fish to fry than the Dagestani.

He wasn't going to be fighting McGregor, because there were signs all over the Barclays Center reminding workers that McGregor and several of his friends were not welcome inside the arena.

"Yes, why not? We have to finish this beef or chicken or whatever it is", Nurmagomedov said.

"I'm the guy in the lightweight division, the only guy, that can beat Khabib".

Nurmagomedov handled the changes with no issues, raising his record to 26-0 in a sport in which virtually everyone loses. "If you want to fight, come". Come here. Inside the cage, OK. I don't know where that leaves me but I'm gonna sit down with the UFC and let them know. He come and tell me with a lot of security here inside and outside the bus. Why do you need to show up? "Now, no more of all these fake champions. Even after all the years I've been commentating I still learn something new about the position with each and every event, and when that stops happening that will most likely be when I quit". "Let me know. That's it. Anytime". Nurmagomedov told amNewYork on Monday he still believes he must face Ferguson, 34, at some point.

"I don't think he meant to break the bus with the dolly, it looked like he was shocked that he broke it. Please, come back and fight with somebody and deserve this", Nurmagomedov told reporters in a message directed at Ferguson.

Khabib, though, is chasing Georges St-Pierre. He is the greatest athlete who ever competed in the UFC.

Despite Nurmagomedov's hope for the fight, he doesn't necessarily believe it will happen. In no way am I biased against Khabib, in fact I'm a massive fan of his and he's one of my all time favorite fighters.



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