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‘UFC on FX 7′ Video: Khabib Nurmagomedov Elbows the Living Sh*t Out of Thiago Tavares, Calls Out Nate Diaz

(Props: Skip to the 0:51 mark for the violence.)

Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s first-round knockout of Thiago Tavares at Saturday’s UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping immediately joined Melendez vs. Kawajiri and Miocic vs. Del Rosario in the pantheon of vicious elbows-from-above MMA finishes. The win also upped Nurmagomedov’s career record to a remarkable 19-0, and represented his third straight win in the Octagon. It’s clear that the Russian Sambo/Judo ace has the potential to make a serious impact in the UFC’s lightweight division. So who should he face next? Well, he’s got an opinion about that.

After the fight, FUEL TV’s Heidi Androl talked to “The Eagle” about his ball-busting t-shirt at the weigh-ins and his training at American Kickboxing Academy. Nurmagomedov also mentioned that he really wants to face Nate Diaz in his next fight. It was a smart bit of post-fight matchmaking, as a meeting with Diaz could give Nurmagomedov the exposure that he’ll need to break into the title mix.

On the other hand, Diaz might not want to face a relative newcomer without much name value. (As with the frequently-ducked Glover Teixeira, there just isn’t much upside to fighting a dangerous, non-star like Nurmagomedov.) Though I’m sure Diaz vs. Nurmagomedov would be an entertaining scrap, I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC books Khabib against another mid-level opponent before letting him in the cage with Top 5-caliber competition. Any other ideas on who Nurmagomedov should take on next?

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painvelasquez- January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Nate is a piece of overrated shit.. i could put up wit all da shit talking if he wasnt a weak-jab-utilizing, taunting-in-the-middle-of-an-ass-kicking, stupid-staredown-having bitch.. and stockton, CA is like des moine, Iowa by russian standards HOMIE... Man I hope this mtch happens because i happen to think Nurmagomedov can take his overrated scrawny ass down and shut his dick sucking mouth already.. DAMN that felt good to say.. Give nurmagomedov a top 10 opponent like Varner or lauzon. Guillard proved he cant have a submission applied to him without having to tapout so puttin him up against a sambo specialist just seems like weak sauce to me.. BELIEVE THE HYPE>> GO AKA!
cman- January 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm
Can we all agree Stockton is just plain not considered a tough town?
Dizzylittlelord- January 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm
are we all forgetting that gleison tibau got robbed by the judges against this guy. think someone like jamie varner would be perfect to derail the hype
Xanderschultz- January 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Stockton is not considered a tough town by Russian standards.
cman- January 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Is Diaz still top 5 after bendo dismantled him?
towelie- January 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm
what about a slugger like Melvin Guillard?
Mr_Misanthropy- January 21, 2013 at 11:00 am
Big Nurm be movin' in on some Stockton shit, stompin' toes all crazy like? 209 make you toe the line, playa. Best recognize, homie.
mma4ever- January 21, 2013 at 9:40 am
Give him melvin .
angry little feet- January 21, 2013 at 9:38 am
AHhhh this happened during a Heidi Androl interview. Well, that explains how I missed it then.
rngeorgeh- January 21, 2013 at 8:31 am
Nate would wreck his silly ass!
phil-th- January 21, 2013 at 8:25 am
Edson wowed me again
The12ozCurls- January 21, 2013 at 7:59 am
Seeing as how both guys won impressively on the same card - match him up with Edson Barboza. But I also like maverick's pick of Jamie Varner - I was thinking of him too.
WalksInTheDarkness- January 21, 2013 at 7:35 am
Nurmagomedov needs to work on his striking before he starts calling out high level lightweights. His stand up game is very sloppy, winging punches around only gets you so far and a decent striker would have been able to pepper him with good, hard straights. Nat Diaz has great boxing and he'd be able to pick apart the Eagle with it.
maverick- January 21, 2013 at 7:31 am
Taking in to account time line, Jamie Varner would be a good test for Khabib Nurmagomenov
algiersheadkick504- January 21, 2013 at 6:40 am
Joe lauzon