Umar Nurmagomedov has floated some potential fights for the future.
The #11 ranked bantamweight contender has yet to be defeated inside the cage, standing at an impressive 16-0 record. Nurmagomedov has quickly risen through the ranks after four straight victories in the UFC. On a streak like that, it’s been pretty hard for the untouched fighter to find a next opponent.
Umar Expresses His Frustration
Nurmagomedov has had some trouble getting booked for months now, claiming other fighters have gotten cold feet when it comes to signing the contract to fight him. This has left Nurmagomedov nothing but frustrated, especially since he’s ranked in the top 15.
“They will say, ‘he didn’t fight with nobody in rankings…’ how I can fight if nobody don’t fight with me? If nobody take this fight, what I can do?”
While things aren’t looking too good for Nurmagomedov in the short-term, many believe the contender will overcome his matchmaking problems and eventually rise to the very top, perhaps becoming a champion like his brother Usman Nurmagomedov and cousin Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Should Umar break on through like his family, he has some ‘dream fights’ in mind.
“If we talk about names like dream fights with who I really want to fight, I think Jose Aldo retired, this is impossible. But still Dominick Cruz, this guy a legend. Mm-hmm. Or if TJ Dillashaw will come back, I want this fight too.
“These two guys, they [were] champions. They [were the] toughest, but now little bit older. I think that’s why everybody will say this is not his prime. This is not like, ‘we don’t know how you will fight with him, if they was in his prime.'”
All three potential opponents Umar Nurmagomedov are coming off a loss and two of them [Aldo and Dillashaw] are currently retired, but they were all champions in their respective divisions for a time and have bolstered much success in the fight game.