Khabib Wants One More Fight Before Title Shot

“I was really relaxed [against Dos Anjos].It felt like sparring to me. I even felt I didn’t warm up enough. We had a plan and I was able to execute it 100%. Train hard, fight easy. As you could see I was victorious.

“It was probably the first fight when I felt I could go five rounds. Even when the referee raised my hand I thought about five rounds. I feel I’m ready for it. Before a title fight I’d really like to headline an even to test myself in a five-round bout.”

“The beginning of September would be just perfect for me. I need 40 days after Ramadan to prepare for a fight. I keep myself in shape during Ramadan but of course I can’t train enough. I was offered a fight right at the end of Ramadan but it’s a bad timing for me as I’ll be starving for one month. The end of August, beginning of September will be fine.”

“I need another fight before I can fight for the belt. [Gilbert] Melendez is fighting [Anthony] Pettis so the next fight for a champion will happen in May [2015] or so. I can’t wait that long. I need another fight before the end of 2014. If Allah gives me a victory then I’ll wait for a title fight.

“Against whom? I don’t know. It could be the winner of [Donald] Cerrone vs. [Jim] Miller, Michael Johnson, Nate Diaz or T.J. Grant. Anything can happen. I’ll wait for the UFC to call me.”

In a recent interview with M1-Global, top UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov discussed his climb to the top and a potential UFC title shot.




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