Over the last few weeks, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and fan favorite contender Nate Diaz have engaged in a number of skirmishes on social media. If you thought this might eventually lead to a fight between them, however, think again.
Speaking on Submission Radio this week, Khabib Nurmagomedov gave his assessment of Nate Diaz and his 19-11 pro record. Safe to say he’s not impressed.
“No, I don’t know. Like, people forgot about him,” Nurmagomedov told Submission Radio (transcript via Bloody Elbow). “That’s why he tried to be on media, like, try to trash talk me and something like this. We all know about him. How many times he lose? Like, 12 or 11? Like, everybody, all top fighters beat him. Like, Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Dos Anjos, Conor. Everybody beat him. Like, forget about him.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov last fought on October 6, in the main event of the record breaking UFC 229 pay-per-view, when he defeated Conor McGregor by fourth-round submission. With this impressive victory, the champion improved to a jaw-dropping 27-0 overall — easily one of the best records in MMA history.
Nate Diaz, on the other hand, has not fought since August of 2016, when he gave up a close decision to Conor McGregor. This loss was preceded by a submission defeat of the same man. Diaz was briefly expected to return to the cage opposite Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 in November, but this plan was nixed when Poirier sustained an injury — at least that’s what initially thought.
Do you think Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov should settle their differences in the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/21/2019.