Recently there’s been a trend where all-star fighters are campaigning for ‘big fights’, rather than championship bouts, but Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t in that camp.
The galaxy class grappler is booked to fight Michael Johnson at UFC 205, November 12th, and if he wins, a lightweight title fight should be next. After all, it wasn’t long ago when Dana White was telling folks Nurmagomedov was going to fight champion Eddie Alvarez next, but then Conor McGregor was tapped for the fight instead.
The move didn’t sit well with Nurmagomedov, not surprisingly, as “The Eagle” wants nothing more than to win the 155 belt. Case in point, he recently told Champions.co the following (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I care about the belt,” Nurmagomedov said. “I want to finish this fight and fight for the title. I don’t care who has the title, who wins (between Alvarez and McGregor). I don’t care about money.
“I know a lot of fighters fight for the money, but money is not everything for me. I know money is very important for life, but I have money. I never use MMA to make money. MMA for me is about my life, about my blood and about everything I do all my life. Money, I can make money with other stuff. I have money. I have everything. I need the belt.”
Fair enough. If Nurmagomedov defeats Johnson, he will have gone 8-0 in the UFC and 24-0 overall. It’s hard to imagine the UFC passing him over for a title shot then right? Or…no?
UFC 205 will go down at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.