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Michael Chandler Thinks He Would Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Homegrown Bellator star Michael Chandler says his contract is up soon, but he wants to stick with Bellator. However, in a world full of speculation, what’s a little more?

Right now, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC’s top dog at lightweight. Chandler thinks he can beat him. Like, ten times out of ten.

Obviously, unless something drastic happens, we’ll never see this match-up. The UFC likes their Khabib, Bellator likes their Mike Chandler, and never the twain shall meet.

But what if…?

Here’s MMAJunkie:

“That’s the thing: From the outside perspective, people always think, ‘Bellator, UFC, ONE FC, blah blah blah,’” Chandler said. “I don’t think about promotions, I think about the guys. How do I match up against Khabib? How do I take exactly what Al Iaquinta did, except with my wrestling, and my striking, and my wrestling offense and defense.

“How I would nullify his takedowns, how I would even take him down, how I would get in his face, and how he would finally have somebody put hands on him and hurt him like Michael Johnson did? I think that picture has been painted a couple of times, of how to beat Khabib. And I think I beat him 10 times out of 10.”

Even though he lost the belt, it’s hard not to think of Chandler as Bellator’s best lightweight. So… do you think he can beat Khabib?

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Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomedov Would Smash Conor McGregor

Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Daniel Cormier doesn’t believe anyone in the UFC can beat newly-crowned lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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Javier Mendez Blasts Joe Rogan for Criticizing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 223 Performance

Newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov cruised to victory Saturday in a very one-sided fight against Al Iaquinta.
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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Could Either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje Beat Khabib?

Thanks to a week full of madness, we finally have someone sitting atop the lightweight mountain who might actually defend his belt.

Yes, you can forget Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, because Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the man. And provided you don’t try to book him any fights during Ramadan, he’ll fight whoever you put in front of him.

This Saturday, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje – two lightweights clawing their way up the 155-pound division ladder. They are closer to the top than most, so it’s conceivable that an impressive win (and maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez, who’s defeated them both) could have them kneeling before Nurmagomedov’s throne petitioning the king for an audience.

Can either Poirier or Gaethje beat Khabib?

Well, from what we’ve seen of the champ, if you can’t survive his unearthly ground and pound, you’re toast. However, his striking is still a work in a progress. So any challenger is going to need just the right mixture of skill and resilience. According to Alvarez, Poirier is the more skilled of the UFC on FOX 29 main events, while Gaethje is so damn resilient he’d die before giving up.

Therefore, it all comes down to whether or not Poirier can grit his teeth and bear the Dagestani’s wrestling offense long enough to use his superior boxing on the feet, or whether or not Gaethje is savvy enough to know how not to get submitted or TKO’d until he can get up.

Ponder this riddle while watching Poirier and Gaethje’s “Road to the Octagon” vid.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on Potential McGregor Bout: ‘We Have to Finish This Beef’

The rivalry between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor reached a new level during UFC 223 fight week.
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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

Thank you so much guys. Love you guys all.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on Potential McGregor Bout: ‘We Have to Finish This Beef’

The rivalry between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor reached a new level during UFC 223 fight week.
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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

Thank you so much guys. Love you guys all.

A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on


Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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Highlights! Watch Khabib Smesh Iaquinta

Khabib Nurmagomedov put on a strong performance last night (Sat., April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, earning a decision victory over last second replacement Al Iaquinta to win the UFC lightweight championship.

It wasn’t the dominating ‘smesh’ fest we’ve come to expect from Khabib, who struggled to get Iaquinta to the ground from the third round onward. But it was enough to earn him a convincing decision with 50-44, 50-43, 50-43 scores.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Khabib Nurmagomedov becomes the undisputed UFC lightweight champion … although we’re sure Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take issue with the term ‘undisputed.’

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