Whether or not he’s your favorite fighter or not, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the shining, smashing example of a fighter’s fighter. The type of man that other UFC fighters pick as their favorite fighter, that is unless they have to face him in the Octagon. He came back, answered the single doubt he’s left in anyone’s mind, and absolutely dominated a top five lightweight in Edson Barboza in devastating fashion. From one champion to another, Tyron Woodley is mad hype on Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Let’s get some respect for this dude, because I don’t want [Khabib Nurmagomedov] storming in here trying to double leg my ass. I’m gonna say something outlandish. ‘F’ Tony Ferguson right now. I think he jumps Tony Ferguson and he goes straight to Conor McGregor. Man, it was completely savage how he was whooping up on the homie Michael Johnson — which is a tough cookie — and was saying stop. When a man telling you to quit and give up in a fight, he’s on a whole ‘nother level.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) December 31, 2017
“When I watched this fight [with Edson Barboza] as I was working the FOX desk and I saw the type of Terminator spirit he had dwelling in the inside, he’s a whole different individual. I’m like, ‘Does he fight like this all the time?’ Every time. I said, ‘Can we please get him in the top five pound-for-pound?’ Without a belt. I’m going to go on record saying this dude should be in the top five. I haven’t seen many guys that dominant. Scary man.” — Tyron Woodley speaking on The Hollywood Beatdown via TMZ Sports.
Of course it doesn’t make sense for Khabib Nurmagomedov to skip the interim lightweight champion and go straight to Conor McGregor, but in an odd way it actually does. Who are we to argue with the UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley? Besides, not a lot of things have made sense in the UFC this past year. Either way, Dana White has said that Tony Ferguson is next for Nurmagomedov with the winner eventually fighting McGregor. No matter who he fights, we all know that everyone — including Tyron Woodley — will be watching.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/5/2018.