Khabib Nurmagomedov finally has that much desired golden strap.
Saturday night’s UFC 223 fight card had the roughest week, undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov to win a lopsided decision over Al Iaquinta to score the lightweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Nurmagomedov dominated the contest from opening round to finish. He outstruck on the feet, and when he was able to get the takedown, he punished the Iaquinta on the mat.
Nurmagomedov’s scoring a lightweight title mean Conor Mcgregor is finally stripped of his crown, which he scored at UFC 205 in November 2016. Taking advantage of his win, the man on the top of his hitlist is a dual champion, Georges St-Pierre. However, an idea of blockbuster meeting with Conor Mcgregor continues to loom after his Thursday’s mayhem which got him arrested and had another hearing date is set for June 14. Khabib threw a dig at Mcgregor’s bus attack in his post fight-speech and said he is ok with the idea of fighting Conor instead: (Quote via MMAFighting)
“We have to finish this beef,” Nurmagomedov said regarding McGregor at Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “Beef, chicken, or something like this. He have to stop eat Burger Kings and — you want to fight? Come. I told you guys, we’re gonna make him humble. I told you guys, I’m gonna change this game. Now, only one champion. No more fake champions. No more champion who never defend his title, or something like this. Now, UFC have champion, and this champion want to defend his title. You want to fight? Come here.
“Inside the cage, come. Outside the cage, let me know without camera, without all this media. Like men. He come when a lot of security here, outside the bus, inside the bus, security here, don’t let me go out. Like, he try to, ‘Hey, come out,’ like this. Why you need this show up? Let me know and that’s it, any time.”
After Tony Ferguson pulling out of UFC 223 main event title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, a plan was floated to remove Khabib and have him fight Conor Mcgregor later this year. But UFC shot down the idea and moved forward with featherweight champion Max Holloway, who unfortunately deemed medically unfit to fight before weigh-ins.
Mcgregor’s Thursday’s rampage mostly overshadow UFC 223 event fight week.
“I hope he’s gonna fight. We have to fight. Make world tour everywhere, Tokyo, Moscow, Dublin, Los Angeles, Rio. Big world tour, promote this fight, and fight end of the year, biggest arena in the world, Madison Square Garden. Why not? Or maybe in Zaire or Philippines. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter, I’m here. He want to become lightweight champion? He have to fight with me. Now, no more this all fake champions. You guys remember when he put tweet, ‘Beg me.’ Please, beg me.
“We have to finish this. It’s going to be very big fight. It’s going to be very big fight, I think. Let’s go. I am ready for this. November, September in Moscow, November in New York. Any time. Let’s go. Let’s fight in Africa or somewhere. I am here.”
Do you think we will see a potential matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor Mcgregor by the end of this year or no?