Although it might not make sense from a rankings perspective, top ranked lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is reporting he’s told the UFC he wants to fight Nate Diaz next…
As you likely have heard and or seen, Nurmagomedov had a bit of a ‘disagreement’ with Nate and Nick Diaz at WSOF 22 this past Saturday in Las Vegas. News and footage of the incident quickly blazed across the internet, and WSOF VP Ali Abdelaziz has said he thinks the UFC would be wise to set up a Nurmagomedov – Diaz scrap.
Now, since Nurmagomedov is ranked #3 in the UFC’s lightweight division, and holds a win over reigning champ, Rafael dos Anjos, the Sambo master is right there in the title shot mix. But, since Nurmagomedov has been sidelined for all of 2015 due to a knee injury, Donald Cerrone has been tapped to fight dos Anjos later this year.
“Yesterday we came face-to-face with Diaz and had a verbal argument, and then he began the first fight. I was a professional fighter aware that it was all happening out there. Since it was a live broadcast of the WSOF event, it can be confirmed by the large number of witnesses, so I do not want to describe all the details.”
“They [Diaz Brothers] ran from me three times,” said Nurmagomedov. “We’ll see what will happen next. I’ve already asked for a fight with him [Nate] from the UFC bosses, but judging by the speed that Diaz ran, it is hard to believe that the fight will take place.”
So, there you have it. Really, Nurmagomedov has nothing to gain by fighting Diaz, as the latter’s ranked #14 and was decisioned by dos Anjos in his last outing. But, Nurmagomedov likely realizes he needs to fight someone in the interim, as he hasn’t fought since last April. Furthermore, the UFC likely won’t book him for a title shot considering it’s been a while since he’s competed. By the time either Cerrone or dos Anjos is ready to fight again after their upcoming encounter, it will likely be spring, 2016.
No date has been set for dos Anjos-Cerrone, however, it’s believe the bout will go down this fall. Dos Anjos decisioned Cerrone in 2013.