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Monday, 01/20/2014, 03:19 pm

Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Diaz and Melendez at same time

By Evan Stoumbelis

Khabib Nurmagomedov might dress up with his comedic wig at weigh ins, but he is no joke once in the cage.

The 25 year old Soviet native is 21-0 in his MMA career, and 5-0 in his UFC career, with 14 of his 21 wins coming by stoppage. We last saw Nurmagomedov in September at UFC 165 when he defeated Pat Healy by decision. Since then however, for one reason or another, nobody has stepped up to fight Nurmagomedov. First, the former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was set to fight Khabib at UFC 170, but pulled out of the fight, saying the timing for a fight wasn’t right. Next, Melendez’ teammate Nate Diaz refused to fight Nurmagomedov because the UFC wouldn’t meet his contract terms.

Dana White said in the past:

“Guys can say whatever they want, ‘I’ll fight this guy, I’m not afraid,’…[but] nobody wants to fight this guy.”

Now Khabib is speaking out, he joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to discuss his predicament.

“I understand they need to work things out financially, I understand it’s going to be a tough fight for them. I’m pretty much of a no name or don’t have a big a name as them in the U.S. as they do so a loss to someone like myself will definitely set them back. I get that, I get the business aspect of it, but I think they should fight. If they say they are willing to fight the best they should fight the best. If they want, I’ll take them both at once in the cage.”

One man has stepped up to challenge Nurmagomedov, Michael Johnson. Johnson is 14-8 in his MMA career, and 6-4 in his UFC career. He is currently riding a 2 fight winning streak against Joe Lauzon, and most recently, Gleison Tibau.

“My goal is to fight Melendez, T.J. Grant or Diaz because I think they will be much of a challenge for me in a fight. Michael Johnson, if one of those three doesn’t accept to fight me, then I will have to fight him. He has lost in the UFC by decision, by submission; so, I don’t think he’s posing much of a challenge at this point.”

It will be interesting to see if Nurmagomedov gets to fight Melendez, Grant, or Diaz. Any one of the three would make for a great fight with Khabib. What do you think PENNation? Who should Khabib fight next? Sound off in the comments section below.


0 Responses to “Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Diaz and Melendez at same time”

  1. magoo says:

    Another misleading article…… Fight them both at the same time good grief!

  2. idk says:

    Thats not a comedic wig.

  3. Kuchyglass says:

    Jesus, shut this fucking Russian up! Give Nate the pay he deserves dana, you stingy bitch!

  4. Thom DuCharme says:

    What an idiotic title to the article. I can’t believe stupid gets paid for that crap.

    As for Nurmamumblejumblewhatever… you just called out Michael Johnson backhandedly. Now you have to put your money where your mouth is

  5. killer says:

    its funny how he says ‘i’ll fight anyboby’ but don’t want to fight micheal johnson because he’s 14-8 and for not being a challenge he k.o’d a guy khabib had a problem with

  6. Terry Roney says:

    Dana White also said that Uriah Hall was the second coming of Anderson Silva.

  7. little big foot says:

    Michael Johnson could get the upset. Hee getting better Everytime he fights

  8. Kerry Norton says:

    Yeah, for 1: that’s a goatskin hat to keep your head warm if freezing fucking Russia. For 2: Khabib is saying that Melendez or Diaz don’t want to fight him because Khabib doen’t have that big a name and loosing would be a setback yet Khabib doesn’t want’ to fight M. Johnson because Johnson’s record isn’t that great and loosing to him would be a setback. And 3: that’s exactly what the UFC needs to distance themselves from the WWE. Tag team matches.


      Only someone with a 2nd grade education wouldn’t know the difference between the definition of words “LOSING” and “LOOSING” sorry it just amazes me how anyone over the age of 10 could possibly not know the difference

      I wish the UFC would make the Dagastian/Russians fight each other like they have been doing to all the Brazil fighters lately

  9. Ali Mokdad says:

    The following statement is not only incorrect, but also lacks journalistic integrity. “Khabib Nurmagomedov might dress up with his comedic wig at weigh ins…”. First off, it’s not a “comedic wig” as you have so blatantly stated.

    The “wig” is a traditional Russian wool hat called a Papakha or a Papaha. It is donned mainly by Chechens and Dagestanis. Khabib is a Dagestani so it has significant cultural meaning to him. Secondly, as journalist, you should have some integrity in the way you conduct your research and write your stories. I’m shocked that you are ok with posting this without even doing any background research. I’m not just referring to this story, but many others I’ve been reading on your site with false information. It’s actually disgraceful.

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