Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) #1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is on a vocal crusade (social media and media outlets) apropos title shots, an interim bullshit belt à la fighting Tony Ferguson, and an eventual throw down with the divisions’ kingpin Conor McGregor.
“I want to beat Tony Ferguson, take the interim bullsh*t belt, and I will fight with Conor for real belt,” Nurmagomedov said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “This is what I want to make in 2017.”
Since doing a mugging job on Michael “The Menace” Johnson at UFC 205, “The Eagle” has been vociferously clamouring for a shot at the 155 crown captured by Conor McGregor on that same card.
Albeit the Dagestan native wants McGregor, he’s willing to settle for the scorching hot Ferguson.
“If the UFC would ask me about Conor, of course I would take this fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “He has the belt now. I want to take his belt. … It’s my belt. Everybody knows I deserve a title shot. But, Tony Ferguson is on nine win streak, he deserves [a chance] too.”
A projected match-up with “The Notorious” has now been nixed, as the Hibernian has elected to take a sabbatical because of this.
Be that as it may, “The Eagle” believes a future fight with the former two-division champ is more or less touch-and-go.
“I think 50/50. I think maybe he takes the fight at 170, if he loses at 170, he comes back to 155. He does this all the time. He never defends his belt. He never defended his belt in Cage Warriors, he never defends his belt in UFC, he’s all the time playing games because he has good pay-per-view and that’s why he has power in the UFC.”
Will “The Eagle” soar to new heights in 2017? Only time will tell.