Khabib Nurmagomedov made his MMA broadcasting debut recently in Novosibirsk where he was asked about a possible matchup against Alexander Sarnavsky, who came up through the MMA ranks in Russia as an undefeated fighter, much like Nurmagomedov.
“When I was in Russia and Alexander was in Russia, we were both undefeated,” said Khabib. “There were a lot of calls, proposals (for us to fight), but the fight did not take place. He moved to Bellator, I moved to the UFC, we have different ways. But we are still potential rivals, and, in the future, who knows? Maybe it will go into UFC, and the fight will take place.”
“But I do not want to. To go to America and fight Russian fighters is not so nice. Because there are so many foreign fighters who can and must be beaten. Especially the Americans (laughs).”
“I want that belt. I want to punish the champion because he has long defended the belt. This all lined up. Myself, Cerrone, Myles Jury, Benson Henderson.”
“I am now recovering from injury. In two months I will start to train 100%, both wrestling and everything else. Pettis will defend his title on December 6, and maybe after the bout I will be declared the next challenger. If I am not declared, I will not be offended. I will continue to train and beat all Americans. For their sanctions,”