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Khabib Nurmagomedov: If I don’t Get My Title Shot Next I Have Different Plan I Won’t Be Fighting In UFC

Well it seems like Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally taking a hard stance on his UFC future. After putting in a dominant performance against Michael Johnson at UFC 205, the Russian wrecking machine made it very evident what he wants next. Besides screaming at Dana White during his match, demanding for a title shot, he went on the microphone after his win and once again staked his claim to the UFC lightweight title. But it seems like he’s taking his case to Twitter and letting everyone know exactly how he feels about his future in MMA.

When you sit back and think about it, Khabib has a pretty strong claim for the lightweight title shot. He’s undefeated in the UFC and has put on some pretty impressive and dominant performances. No one is denying his ability. However, in terms of selling tickets, casual fan notoriety, and his place in the division, no one should be surprised if the UFC decides to go another way. It wouldn’t necessarily be fair, but since the sale of the company this past company to WME-IMG, choosing business over what the rankings dictate should come as no surprise to anyone.

There’s also the fact that new UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has decided to take a bit of time off from the sport. Upon his return there will be a ton of options awaiting him. He could have a rematch with Interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, could complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz for the lightweight belt, or could even see himself facing off against Tony Ferguson.

Whatever the case may be, the odds do seem stacked against Khabib heading into the future. With this announcement from the proud Russian fighter, don’t be surprised if UFC 205 is the last time we see Khabib Nurmagomedov inside the octagon.

Do you think the UFC will give Khabib Nurmagomedov his title shot?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

 

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