Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He’ll be Ready to Fight for UFC Title in Springtime

December 16, 2014
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Following Rafael dos Anjos’ UFC on FOX 13 win over Nate Diaz on Saturday, UFC president Dana White said that the Brazilian lightweight was next in line to face champion Anthony Pettis.

UFC on FX: Tavares v NurmagomedovPettis defended his title at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, defeating Gilbert Melendez by submission. During the event’s post-fight press conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov challenged the champion to a fight. Pettis quickly accepted. Verbal agreements are good for headlines, but they don’t hold much weight without a bout agreement.

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It doesn’t help matters that Nurmagovedov is still recovering from a knee injury and is eyeing a spring return (April or May). That timeframe doesn’t align with Pettis’ plans to have a quick turnaround.

The 26-year-old is the top ranked contender in the 155-pound division, but timing is everything.

“I would say if Khabib is healthy right now it would probably be Khabib. But he’s not. So it’s dos Anjos,” said White following UFC on FOX 13.

SEE ALSO: Rafael dos Anjos Gets Next Crack at Anthony Pettis

Dos Anjos lost to Nurmagomedov in April, but somehow leapfrogged the Russian in the rankings. Nurmagomedov reacted to the strange ranking change via Twitter.

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  • Aka

    Any info when Rda gets his title shot?

    • shakejunt

      nothing announced yet.

  • uncle

    Nurmagomedov is a soldier

  • hybe

    Dos Anos has won three fights since the one with Khalib last April! I’d say Dos Anos is the no1 contender! Besides Khalib isn’t ready to fight, pretty silly calling Pettis a “paper champ” and that he doesn’t wanna fight him, when you’re OUT with an injury!

  • dc 187

    It will be funny if rda beats pettis and then his first title defense is khabib nurmagomedov lol

  • Just-scrap-nation

    Im gonna laugh when gets eats a knee from Pettis and then gets RNC’d. i don’t think they can hide Pettis from you if you’re injured. This guy lol

  • blob

    Nurmagomedov is a Muslim and has spoken out his support for ISIS. No sorry but no more Nurmagomedov fights for me unless he gets KTFO.

    • LJ_CO

      No, he is not a supporter of ISIS. He said this on the MMA hour and is upset they used his image in a video.

    • MightyMongol

      The video criticizes Khabib because he fights to entertain people instead of fighting for their cause. Sorry if that doesn’t support your hate on Muslims narrative.

  • shakejunt

    i really wanna like khabib, but i’m beginning not to. guy needs to realize that he probably would’ve had his shot already had he not gotten injured. he can’t be mad at pettis for wanting to fight again soon after calling him out for so long about being injured and not defending. he’ll get his shot, but i think all the drama is going to work against him.