If Khabib thinks Pettis is beautiful and a paper champion, does this mean he thinks he’s a beautiful paper champion? Or maybe a beautiful paper champion? Let’s continue this exercise in fun with italics: Is there really that big of a difference between a beautiful paper champion and a beautiful paper champion? This would be so much more fun if I could use commas in this game, but these are the rules, and I’m not going to sit on a stool for an extra 26 seconds to try and figure out the variables in beautiful paper champion. No.
Khabib Nurmagomedov may be on the sidelines with a torn up knee, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to sit back and let the lightweight division pass him up, no. Khabib is going to let the world know that he thinks Anthony Pettis is beautiful, not handsome, and that he’s a paper champion.
Actually Khabib, if Pettis is anything, he’s a cardboard champion. He’s a Wheaties cover athlete after all.
MMA Junkie spoke to the fiery, part-time afro’d Dagestani:
“Anthony Pettis is a pretty boy, he’s a playboy. He’s very beautiful and he’s good to market. But the real champion is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Everybody knows. I sent him the message on Twitter. He didn’t give an answer. I see he’s scared. He only likes striking guys. He doesn’t like wrestling guys who are aggressive with top control. I deserve my title shot; give me my title shot.”
“He’s the champion, but he’s not a true champion. He hasn’t had a defense in one-and-a-half years. He has no defense of the belt. He won the belt, yes, but he’s a paper champion. I think he’s a paper champion. Everyone knows I am the true champion. The next fight, I deserve a title shot. This belt is mine. If UFC says I have a title shot, it will be very good for me. It’s my big dream.”