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The MMA Hour – 273 – Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov will talk about his UFC 187 fight against Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos’ shocking win over Pettis.

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UFC 185: Anthony Pettis really wants to whoop Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ass

FOCUS!

Anthony Pettis hasn’t been getting much trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, who he will fight this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015) at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas, but he has been getting a heavy dose from Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The Eagle” has constantly picked on “Showtime,” saying that he’s been avoiding him and gone as far as questioned his fight skills.

And while Pettis’ focus is strictly on “RDA” at the moment, he took the time to send a message to the Dagestani during today’s (March 12, 2015) media day (via MMA Fighting).

“He wants his title shot so he’s got to talk as much as he can. He’s got “Cowboy” to get through, and “Cowboy” is a task. If he gets through him, I hope he does get through him because I want to whoop this guys ass because I’m tired of hearing him talk.”

Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone are scheduled to face off at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). And even though the lightweight bout hasn’t been pegged as a title eliminator fight, it’s widely believed the winner will earn a shot at the division strap.

It’s famous!

And in a perfect scenario, “Showtime” would love nothing more than to walk out of “Big D” with his title this Saturday and have Nurmagomedov defeat Cerrone so he can shut his mouth once and for all.

First things first, though.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Younger Brother, Superhero ‘Phoenix Jones’ Join WSOF Roster

World Series of Fighting has made a couple of colorful additions to its roster.
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World Series of Fighting signs Khabib Nurmagomedov’s younger brother

Look out. There’s another Dagestani prodigy named Nurmagomedov coming to North America.

World Series of Fighting has signed Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the younger brother of UFC contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, to a contract, WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel Aziz told MMAFighting.com.

Abubakar, 24, has an MMA record of 9-1 and is coming off a first-round TKO win over Vladimir Gunzu at Fight Star: Battle on Sura 3 last month in Russia. All nine of Abubakar’s nine victories have come by finish, including six knockouts. Last year, he was named Bloody Elbow’s third best welterweight prospect in the world. Abubakar has been a pro since 2011.

Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) has taken the UFC by storm, winning his first six fights in the promotion. “The Eagle” will meet Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas with a lightweight title shot likely on the line. Nurmagomedov will head to American Kickboxing Academy this week to begin preparing for the bout. It is becoming the Dagestan native’s permanent U.S. home.

On that same card, the Nurmagomedovs’ cousin Islam Makhachev, undefeated at 11-0, will make his UFC debut against Leo Kuntz. The 23-year-old is one of the top lightweight prospects in the world.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Rafael dos Anjos will ‘smash’ Anthony Pettis

Khabib Nurmagomedov plans on earning a title shot in 2015. It just won’t be against the current champion, in his opinion.

Anthony Pettis defends his UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas and Nurmagomedov is picking the challenger “100 percent.”

“I think [dos Anjos] smashes [Pettis] in striking and I think he smashes him on the ground,” Nurmagomedov told MMAFighting.com earlier this month at the Los Angeles FitExpo, where he was helping run seminars for the Paradise Warrior Retreat program. “This is my opinion. I don’t know why, but I think he’ll smash him.”

Nurmagomedov (22-0) has not fought since beating dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 last April due to a knee injury. The Dagestan native dominated dos Anjos for a unanimous decision victory. But Nurmagomedov said that doesn’t mean the Brazilian isn’t good.

“Dos Anjos is no easy man,” Nurmagomedov said. “A lot of people watch and think I beat him easy, but it was not easy. It was no easy fight.

“I beat him, but nobody beat him like me.”

Nurmagomedov and Pettis have sniped back and forth on social media and in interviews for awhile now. Many believe Nurmagomedov would be the champion’s toughest test and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his shot at the belt. Currently, Nurmagomedov is ranked No. 2 among lightweight contenders in the UFC’s official rankings behind dos Anjos.

Recently, Pettis told MMAjunkie that Nurmagomedov’s trash talk is “annoying” and he possesses only “amateur level striking.”

“He only gets by on his wrestling,” Pettis said. “He thinks his striking is going to be good enough to survive against me, take me down and grind me out for 25 minutes? He’s never done that. He’s never fought a main event for 25 minutes.

“Anybody can wrestle for 15 minutes, but it’s different when you’re fighting for the title. At the same time, his striking is amateur compared to where my wrestling is. My wrestling is on a way higher level than his striking if you want to compare the two.”

Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov has said that Pettis doesn’t really want to face him and that “I’m no good for his style.”

Since the loss to Nurmagomedov, dos Anjos knocked Benson Henderson out in the first round and then dominated Nate Diaz for a unanimous decision victory. With Nurmagomedov still out recovering from a torn ACL, dos Anjos is clearly the next man in line for the title shot.

As for Nurmagomedov, a fight between him and Donald Cerrone is targeted for UFC 187 on March 23 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov believes he’ll beat Cerrone to earn a title shot. It just won’t be against who everyone thinks.

“I think dos Anjos beats Pettis and if I beat Cerrone, dos Anjos and I fight another time,” Nurmagomedov said.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov targets May return, plans to win title and defend it before 2015 is over

LOS ANGELES — Khabib Nurmagomedov has the rest of this year all mapped out.

The rising UFC lightweight is targeting a return to the Octagon from a knee injury at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov is hoping for a matchup with Donald Cerrone. After what he expects to be a victory, the Dagestani star wants to fight for the title and then defend the belt — all before 2015 is up. It was reported this past week on UFC Tonight that the UFC is targeting the Cerrone-Nurmagomedov bout for the Memorial Day Weekend card.

“This is my plan,” Nurmagomedov told MMAFighting.com. “I want, in this year, three fights — Cerrone, after that I fight for the belt and after that I defend the belt.”

The undefeated Nurmagomedov (22-0) was here last weekend as part of the Paradise Warrior Retreat seminar program at TheFitExpo inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. He said he has just begun training at 100 percent. Nurmagomedov has been rehabbing in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of the UFC, which has provided him an apartment and a car.

Nurmagomedov, 26, tore his meniscus last July, just days after he and Cerrone verbally agreed to a fight at UFC 178 in September. Before that, the two were going to clash in July, but Nurmagomedov, a Muslim, was fasting for Ramadan. Nurmagomedov believes he and “Cowboy” have some unfinished business — plus the bout just makes sense from a rankings perspective.

“I told them this is a very good matchup,” Nurmagomedov said. “I’m No. 2, he’s No. 3. Who wins gets a title shot.”

Eight weeks before his first fight back, Nurmagomedov will head back to American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., the place he calls home during training camps. In the mean time, the focus will be getting everything fine-tuned.

The one thing Nurmagomedov has excelled at during this time off due to injury is keeping himself relevant. His English has improved exponentially and he is a regular on Twitter, calling out Cerrone and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Nurmagomedov is quick to correct, though, when asked about his trash-talking.

“I’m not a trash talker,” Nurmagomedov said. “I say truth, you understand? I say and I do. Why was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Because he say and he do. I am 22-0. I am not 22-10.”

Nurmagomedov said he doesn’t speak Russian at all when he’s in the United States. He sticks to English, even with his brother, and said he’s getting better at it every day. He believes learning the language is vital for him as he continues to succeed as a professional athlete.

“English for me is very important,” Nurmagomedov said. “I speak with my fans, everything. I like English.”

Nurmagomedov has won all six of his fights in the UFC, mowing down his opponents. His last victory came via unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014. Dos Anjos has won two in a row since then and now meets Pettis in a title bout at UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas.

Of course, Nurmagomedov wouldn’t mind getting Pettis right away. But he knows how these things work, which is why he has no problem accepting a fight with Cerrone first.

“I want Cerrone,” Nurmagomedov said.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov targets May return, plans to win title and defend it before 2015 is over

LOS ANGELES — Khabib Nurmagomedov has the rest of this year all mapped out.

The rising UFC lightweight is targeting a return to the Octagon from a knee injury at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov is hoping for a matchup with Donald Cerrone. After what he expects to be a victory, the Dagestani star wants to fight for the title and then defend the belt — all before 2015 is up. It was reported this past week on UFC Tonight that the UFC is targeting the Cerrone-Nurmagomedov bout for the Memorial Day Weekend card.

“This is my plan,” Nurmagomedov told MMAFighting.com. “I want, in this year, three fights — Cerrone, after that I fight for the belt and after that I defend the belt.”

The undefeated Nurmagomedov (22-0) was here last weekend as part of the Paradise Warrior Retreat seminar program at TheFitExpo inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. He said he has just begun training at 100 percent. Nurmagomedov has been rehabbing in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of the UFC, which has provided him an apartment and a car.

Nurmagomedov, 26, tore his meniscus last July, just days after he and Cerrone verbally agreed to a fight at UFC 178 in September. Before that, the two were going to clash in July, but Nurmagomedov, a Muslim, was fasting for Ramadan. Nurmagomedov believes he and “Cowboy” have some unfinished business — plus the bout just makes sense from a rankings perspective.

“I told them this is a very good matchup,” Nurmagomedov said. “I’m No. 2, he’s No. 3. Who wins gets a title shot.”

Eight weeks before his first fight back, Nurmagomedov will head back to American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., the place he calls home during training camps. In the mean time, the focus will be getting everything fine-tuned.

The one thing Nurmagomedov has excelled at during this time off due to injury is keeping himself relevant. His English has improved exponentially and he is a regular on Twitter, calling out Cerrone and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Nurmagomedov is quick to correct, though, when asked about his trash-talking.

“I’m not a trash talker,” Nurmagomedov said. “I say truth, you understand? I say and I do. Why was Muhammad Ali the greatest? Because he say and he do. I am 22-0. I am not 22-10.”

Nurmagomedov said he doesn’t speak Russian at all when he’s in the United States. He sticks to English, even with his brother, and said he’s getting better at it every day. He believes learning the language is vital for him as he continues to succeed as a professional athlete.

“English for me is very important,” Nurmagomedov said. “I speak with my fans, everything. I like English.”

Nurmagomedov has won all six of his fights in the UFC, mowing down his opponents. His last victory came via unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014. Dos Anjos has won two in a row since then and now meets Pettis in a title bout at UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas.

Of course, Nurmagomedov wouldn’t mind getting Pettis right away. But he knows how these things work, which is why he has no problem accepting a fight with Cerrone first.

“I want Cerrone,” Nurmagomedov said.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone possible for later this year

Though it’s been talked about for quite a while, it looks like a lightweight bout between contenders Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov might finally be on the verge of coming together.

As reported on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, a fight between the two top-five lightweights is being discussed for later this year, though nothing is official yet. Both fighters are said to want the fight, and are agreeable for possibly doing it at UFC 187 during Memorial Day weekend.

The undefeated Dagestani fighter Nurmagomedov (22-0) has staked his claim as the No. 1 contender in the division, particularly with a glowing 6-0 record in the UFC. But after suffering a knee injury last July, the last man he defeated — Rafael dos Anjos — is scheduled to face champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas, Texas. Rather than wait for that fight to play out, Nurmagomedov said he’d rather stay active.

If the fight materializes, a battle with Cerrone would be tidy for settling the No. 1 contender’s spot.  “Cowboy” has won seven straight bouts going back to a loss to dos Anjos back in 2013. Cerrone is already 2-0 in 2015, with victories over Myles Jury and Benson Henderson just two weeks apart.

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Donald Cerrone Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Next After UFC Win in Boston

Donald Cerrone defeated Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver,” winning for the first time in their three meetings.
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Donald Cerrone Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Next After UFC Win in Boston

Donald Cerrone defeated Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver,” winning for the first time in their three meetings.
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