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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s 2017 goals: Win ‘interim bullsh*t belt,’ fight Conor McGregor

Khabib telling it how it is...

I need to watch the Ferguson fight first. This one should be big. Probably a summer match up.

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Like just about everyone else, Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t put much stock into the UFC’s newfound habit of handing out interim belts like they’re Halloween candy.

So if his rumored bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas -- a perfectly fine No. 1 lightweight contender’s fight all on its own for which the UFC is expected to crown an interim titleholder anyway -- comes to pass, he’ll see it as a means to an end.

That end? A title fight for the real belt with newly crowned kingpin Conor McGregor.

“I want to beat Tony Ferguson, take the interim bullsh*t belt, and I will fight with Conor for real belt,” Nurmagomedov said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “This is what I want to make in 2017.”

After demolishing Michael Johnson at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, just hours before McGregor clipped Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title, the 24-0 Nurmagomedov proclaimed he would only accept a title shot, nothing less.

But he also understands how the business works. And with McGregor sitting out while his girlfriend has their first child, he knows the bout with Ferguson, a tremendous matchup on paper, is the next best option.

“If the UFC would ask me about Conor, of course I would take this fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “He has the belt now. I want to take his belt. ... It’s my belt. Everybody knows I deserve a title shot. But, Tony Ferguson is on nine win streak, he deserves [a chance] too.”

The UFC has reportedly been in talks to stage a card in Russia. Nurmagomedov, for his part, believes they could fill a soccer stadium in his homeland if a fight with McGregor was on the card. But he also believes the biggest-money show would be made in the USA.

“I think if I fight with Conor, UFC makes it New York or Vegas. Madison Square Garden or T-Mobile Arena, because these are two biggest arena for pay-per-view shows,” he said. “Russia, not good for pay-per-view, Ireland, not good for pay-per-view. Here, everybody understands this sport and good fights, but number one, UFC is a business, they’re in business to make money.

“But if you make this fight in Russia, Moscow, Sochi or maybe Dagestan, then maybe 100,000 [fans]. Why not? I fight in Russia, and I have to say, Conor is famous in Russia too. I think 100 percent we would sell all those tickets.”

Of course, McGregor didn’t defend his featherweight belt after winning it, so Nurmagomedov won’t hold his breath waiting for him to defend the lightweight belt, either. He pegged the chances of meeting McGregor this year at 50/50.

“I think 50/50. I think maybe he takes the fight at 170, if he loses at 170, he comes back to 155. He does this all the time. He never defends his belt. He never defended his belt in Cage Warriors, he never defends his belt in UFC, he’s all the time playing games because he has good pay-per-view and that’s why he has power in the UFC.”

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Khabib is giving UFC no excuse; it is clear their fighters are running away from him.

Give this man a true legit fight!

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Khabib is giving UFC no excuse; it is clear their fighters are running away from him.

Give this man a true legit fight!
Yeah cause Tony Ferguson didn't already sign a contract to fight him before right?

Tony wants more money. Makes sense. Tony imo is the rightful number one contender and wants assurances that he is going to make a good living in the sport. That's fair. He's risking his title shot but he's playing his hand. Makes sense.

Conor obviously isn't ducking Khabib. If you're someone like Conor, you've just smashed Eddie Alvarez like it was nothing, you're not thinking "Oh no, the takedowns", you're thinking "Can you imagine I hit him as hard as MJ did?".

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Khabib is giving UFC no excuse; it is clear their fighters are running away from him.

Give this man a true legit fight!
Tony isn't running from him.

Conor however, is (Conor fanboys notwithstanding).
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Tony isn't running from him.

Conor however, is (Conor fanboys notwithstanding).
Yep. Ran right into his second belt

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Conor should have fought Khabib over Alvarez. It made much more sense...

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Conor should have fought Khabib over Alvarez. It made much more sense...
For who? People on the internet?

Conor had one intention when he went up in weight... which was to win a second title. He was never shy about that.

He was offered a fight with RDA, who then pulled out. He then got his fight against the next champ.

To think Conor should have rejected the fight because people who dislike him think he should have fought Kabib instead is ridiculous. Conor, Eddie, and the UFC wanted the fight. Conor's haters meanwhile mean next to nothing to anyone except people willing to pay attention to them online.

What is even more ridiculous is to think one fighter is ducking another fighter while that fighter aimed for the champion of the division. Is the hatred so deep people can't see how illogical that is?

He's scaaarrrreeedddd. So scccaarreeeedd he wanted to fight the champion. He must have been shaking in his python skin boots thinking about the guy who is more injury prone than Charley Brown kicking a football. Instead he went after the scrub with a belt who just beat three champs.

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It's a good goal, but I don't think he matches up well with Conor. If had a little better stand up, maybe. I see Conor getting a quick KO in this one.
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It's a good goal, but I don't think he matches up well with Conor. If had a little better stand up, maybe. I see Conor getting a quick KO in this one.
I'd like to say stuff, maybe talk MMA, discuss potential stuff....but that little fk Conor just keeps making it irrelevant with stuff like the Aldo and Eddie wins so fk it, sure, quick KO

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