This past weekend at UFC 205, top ranked UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov stepped into the Octagon on the preliminary card portion of the historic fight card to square off against heavy handed lightweight Michael Johnson. The fight was an incredibly dominant one for Nurmagomedov, who made it 8 straight wins in the UFC, extending his undefeated professional record to 24-0 as he secured a 3rd round submission win over Johnson.
As if the win, which included some brutal ground and pound shots from ‘The Eagle’ wasn’t enough, footage from the ‘UFC 205: The Thrill and Agony’ preview shows Nurmagomedov so confident and dominant in the fight that he begins to talk trash to Johnson while landing his ground and pound shots, saying: “You have to give up” before then turning to UFC President Dana White while still landing strikes on Johnson, and saying “I need to fight for the title, you know this. I deserve it.”
Between rounds, Nurmagomedov can then be seen telling White: “Hey, be careful I’m going to smash your boy,” referring to Conor McGregor, who won the UFC lightweight championship in the main event of the historic card by knocking out Eddie Alvarez.
Following the fight, Nurmagomedov took to social media to reflect on the fight, as well as his current situation with the UFC, saying:
Поверьте мне, это далеко не предел моих возможностей, они не поставили меня на пресс-конференцию, они не дали мой заслуженый бонус "Выступление за вечер" И пытаются максимально прятать меня от медиа, чтобы ещё дальше меня держать от боя за пояс. Но они даже не представляют, на сколько сильна моя надежда на Всевышнего. Они типо завоевывают пояса? Но я завоевываю сердца. Listen, this is not a limit of my abilities. They didn't invite me to post fight press conference, didn't give my deserved POTN bonus. Trying to hide me from media as much as they can, so I won't come close to the title fight. But they can't even imagine how huge my hope for God. They like 'win belts'? But I winning people's hearts.
#Alhamdulillah Хочу поблагодарить Всех, кто меня поддерживал и поддерживает, словами не описать, как я благодарю своих болельщиков, на этот раз, чувство поддержки было невероятной. Want to thank everybody who supported me, it's indescribable how I appreciate your support. Feeling of your support is unbelievable this time. #2017Lightweightchamp #InshaAllah