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Norman Parke wants Khabib Nurmagomedov after Gleison Tibau on Sunday night

BOSTON — Norman Parke talks about his UFN 59 fight against Gleison Tibau, how he feels being on the same card as his fellow Irishman, his relationship with Conor McGregor, fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov after this fight, and more.

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Dana White: Rafael dos Anjos Next in Line for UFC Title Shot with Nurmagomedov Sidelined

In the aftermath of his dominant unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 13, Rafael dos Anjos was the recipient of some very good news.
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Anthony Pettis on Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘I didn’t know who he was, honestly’

Anthony Pettis‘ first encounter with Khabib Nurmagomedov came last year on Twitter. Since then, Nurmagomedov has been relentless, both in his pursuit of the UFC lightweight title and his trash talk of Pettis, the champion. But back then, Pettis admits he wasn’t exactly sure what to make of the correspondence.

“A little bit it got under my skin, so I got back at him,” Pettis told MMA Fighting on Monday at a media lunch in New York. “I didn’t know who he was honestly when I initially tweeted him back. I was like, who is this guy? Then I saw him fight Pat Healy. I wasn’t impressed — just another tough wrestler guy. Then he beat [Rafael] dos Anjos. Ehh.”

Pettis (17-2), who defends his title against Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of UFC 181 on Saturday in Las Vegas, isn’t sure if Nurmagomedov has done quite enough to earn the next title shot. “Showtime” doesn’t think victories of dos Anjos and Healy are enough to warrant a No. 1 contender position.

“Both of them guys haven’t proven enough to be in title contention,” Pettis said. “Maybe if he fights someone like [Donald] Cerrone or whoever the next guy is. Maybe Myles Jury.”

Nurmagomedov (22-0) has been extremely vocal about Pettis recently, especially since he has improved his English. The dominant Dagestani wrestler has called Pettis a “paper champion” and said a fight against him would be “easy money.”

“I think he [doesn't] want this fight,” Nurmagomedov said of Pettis on The MMA Hour in September. “I am no good for his style. My pressure, my wrestling, my top control, it’s no good for him. He said he wants to fight Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz lose many times in the UFC, and I am undefeated. I am the next contender. But he’s not saying ‘Khabib is good, Khabib is undefeated, Khabib is 6-0,’ he’s not saying nothing. I think he [doesn't] want this fight.”

Pettis has not ruled out a fight with Nurmagomedov and concedes that the No. 1 contender if he beats Melendez on Saturday is up in the air. And maybe it could be Nurmagomedov, who is currently recovering from knee surgery.

“I think he’s right there,” Pettis said “It’s kind of weird after this fight. I didn’t look after this fight yet, but the question was asked. Who knows? If he didn’t have a knee injury, maybe he would be next if the timing matches up.”

Pettis himself has not even defended the belt yet. He beat Benson Henderson to win the lightweight title at UFC 164 in August 2013 and has not fought since. “Showtime” had knee surgery late last year and then spent the summer filming The Ultimate Fighter 20 opposite Melendez. But he relishes the other contenders in the loaded lightweight division gunning for him.

“I love it,” Pettis said. “Everybody has to look at me and want what I have around my waist. I only have to fight them one at a time.”

As for Nurmagomedov? Pettis said he just needs to wait his turn, whenever that might come up.

“He’s an up-and-comer,” Pettis said. “He’s pleading his case, he wants a title shot. He’s undefeated. Title shots are hard to get. I know from experience.”

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The MMA Beat on state of the heavyweights, Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 178, more

On this week’s episode of “The MMA Beat,” the panel will discuss the state of the UFC’s heavyweight division, the upcoming UFC card in Japan, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s contender status, the promotion for UFC 178, next weekend’s pay-per-view lineup, and more.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on Anthony Pettis: ‘He doesn’t want this fight because I’m no good for his style’

While the UFC’s 155-pound division is bottlenecked until Anthony Pettis defends the belt against Gilbert Melendez in December, the war of “next” in that class has had plenty of plot twists.

Reigning lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez will make Octagon debut at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 against Donald Cerrone, who has won four in a row (all finishes). The winner of that fight will have to be in consideration to take on the winner of Melendez-Pettis. Then there’s Rafael dos Anjos, who just became the first man other than Pettis to finish Benson Henderson. He’s right there in contention, having gone 7-1 since 2012.

If anybody has a trump card to use against all of those names, it might be Dagestani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was booked into a fight with Cerrone for about 20 minutes before injuring his knee and withdrawing. Nurmagomedov is undefeated, and to this point through six fights in the UFC, unchallenged. He was the last man to defeat Dos Anjos.

That’s why Nurmagomedov feels he’s next in line for a title shot. “The Eagle” appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour and made his case.

“I think I am the No. 1 contender, after Gilbert Melendez,” Nurmagomedov told Ariel Helwani. “I know Melendez is a very good guy, he was the Strikeforce champion, the UFC gave him a shot. After he beat Diego Sanchez, and Diego Sanchez is not top 15…I think it’s no good, I think I’m the No. 1 contender. I am undefeated, 6-0 [in the UFC], 22-0 [overall]. I want after the next fight to have a title shot.”

It turns out the injury to the knee was an ACL. Nurmagomedov explained how it went down, right after the UFC finally found him a willing opponent.


“The UFC called me and said, you need to fight Donald Cerrone, and I said I’m very happy,” he said. “I go training and after ten minutes [or so] I have the injury. And after that I called my manager and said, my knee’s very bad. And I said I very much wanted the fight with Cowboy Cerrone, but I’m injured.”

Nurmagomedov said that he might have tweaked his knee in the dos Anjos fight, but it was in training that he truly injured it. He flew to Moscow from Dagestan to have the knee looked at, and the doctor revealed to him it was an ACL. He underwent surgery to repair it, and is currently in the process of recovering.

He said when his manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, informed UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that he was in need of surgery, that the UFC picked up his medical costs, something he was very thankful for.

“Everyday I’m working my knee, I want to make it stronger,” he said. “My first problem now is my knee. After that, I go and get my belt.”

Nurmagomedov’s English has improved leaps and bounds over the last year (which he jokingly says he paid Daniel Cormier $ 500 an hour to learn), and he’s using it to communicate his case for a title bid. And the current titleholder, Pettis, is in his crosshairs.

Though he doesn’t think that Pettis wants to fight him. And he also feels a little bit disrespected by the current lightweight champion, which he made clear on social media when he bemoaned the fact that Pettis couldn’t pronounce his name,

“I think he [doesn’t] want this fight,” he said of Pettis. “I am no good for his style. My pressure, my wrestling, my top control, it’s no good for him. He said he wants to fight Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz lose many times in the UFC, and I am undefeated. I am the next contender. But he’s not saying ‘Khabib is good, Khabib is undefeated, Khabib is 6-0,’ he’s not saying nothing. I think he [doesn’t] want this fight.”

When you’re undefeated, it’s hard to find criticism – but if there’s been any towards the wrestler Nurmagomedov, it’s that he grinds out victories and doesn’t finish opponents (like Cerrone).

Asked if that might be a hindrance to him getting the next title shot, Nurmagomedov invited people to revisit his list of casualties.

“When I’m fighting Dos Anjos, he’s a very good guy — finishing him is very hard, everybody knows,” he said. “Gleison Tibau, he’s a beast. I finished Thiago Tavares — Thiago Tavares is very good, too. Abel Trujillo, he’s a beast. Before his fight with me, he killed one guy. After his fight with me, he killed three guys. He’s a very good guy, Abel Trujillo is. [Nobody] has ever finished Pat Healy in the UFC. I think my opponents are very good and strong guys. I know I [haven’t] finished, but I’ve smashed everybody in striking, ground and pound, wrestling, everywhere.”

Nurmagomedov, who is no longer with the Red Fury Fight Team, said that he thinks that Cerrone will prevail against Alvarez at UFC 178, but that the historical match-up comparison falls to his side. Cerrone lost to dos Anjos and Henderson, dos Anjos beat Henderson, and he beat dos Anjos. He says the Brazilian dos Anjos is the gauge in the scenario.

As for having a preference as to who wins between Melendez and Pettis at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, he said he doesn’t really have any druthers. He just has promises.

“For me it’s no problem,” he said. “If Pettis wins, I think for me it’s very good. I want a fight with him, but Gilbert Melendez is very good guy too, very good fighter. Maybe he wins, too. I think 50/50. But I will fight versus Anthony Pettis.

“I think he knows my name, but I think he [doesn’t] respect for me, and next year he’ll know my name, 100 percent.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov on Anthony Pettis: ‘He doesn’t want this fight because I’m no good for his style’

While the UFC’s 155-pound division is bottlenecked until Anthony Pettis defends the belt against Gilbert Melendez in December, the war of “next” in that class has had plenty of plot twists.

Reigning lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez will make Octagon debut at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 against Donald Cerrone, who has won four in a row (all finishes). The winner of that fight will have to be in consideration to take on the winner of Melendez-Pettis. Then there’s Rafael dos Anjos, who just became the first man other than Pettis to finish Benson Henderson. He’s right there in contention, having gone 7-1 since 2012.

If anybody has a trump card to use against all of those names, it might be Dagestani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was booked into a fight with Cerrone for about 20 minutes before injuring his knee and withdrawing. Nurmagomedov is undefeated, and to this point through six fights in the UFC, unchallenged. He was the last man to defeat Dos Anjos.

That’s why Nurmagomedov feels he’s next in line for a title shot. “The Eagle” appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour and made his case.

“I think I am the No. 1 contender, after Gilbert Melendez,” Nurmagomedov told Ariel Helwani. “I know Melendez is a very good guy, he was the Strikeforce champion, the UFC gave him a shot. After he beat Diego Sanchez, and Diego Sanchez is not top 15…I think it’s no good, I think I’m the No. 1 contender. I am undefeated, 6-0 [in the UFC], 22-0 [overall]. I want after the next fight to have a title shot.”

It turns out the injury to the knee was an ACL. Nurmagomedov explained how it went down, right after the UFC finally found him a willing opponent.

“The UFC called me and said, you need to fight Donald Cerrone, and I said I’m very happy,” he said. “I go training and after ten minutes [or so] I have the injury. And after that I called my manager and said, my knee’s very bad. And I said I very much wanted the fight with Cowboy Cerrone, but I’m injured.”

Nurmagomedov said that he might have tweaked his knee in the dos Anjos fight, but it was in training that he truly injured it. He flew to Moscow from Dagestan to have the knee looked at, and the doctor revealed to him it was an ACL. He underwent surgery to repair it, and is currently in the process of recovering.

He said when his manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, informed UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that he was in need of surgery, that the UFC picked up his medical costs, something he was very thankful for.

“Everyday I’m working my knee, I want to make it stronger,” he said. “My first problem now is my knee. After that, I go and get my belt.”

Nurmagomedov’s English has improved leaps and bounds over the last year (which he jokingly says he paid Daniel Cormier $ 500 an hour to learn), and he’s using it to communicate his case for a title bid. And the current titleholder, Pettis, is in his crosshairs.

Though he doesn’t think that Pettis wants to fight him. And he also feels a little bit disrespected by the current lightweight champion, which he made clear on social media when he bemoaned the fact that Pettis couldn’t pronounce his name,

“I think he [doesn’t] want this fight,” he said of Pettis. “I am no good for his style. My pressure, my wrestling, my top control, it’s no good for him. He said he wants to fight Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz lose many times in the UFC, and I am undefeated. I am the next contender. But he’s not saying ‘Khabib is good, Khabib is undefeated, Khabib is 6-0,’ he’s not saying nothing. I think he [doesn’t] want this fight.”

When you’re undefeated, it’s hard to find criticism – but if there’s been any towards the wrestler Nurmagomedov, it’s that he grinds out victories and doesn’t finish opponents (like Cerrone).

Asked if that might be a hindrance to him getting the next title shot, Nurmagomedov invited people to revisit his list of casualties.

“When I’m fighting Dos Anjos, he’s a very good guy — finishing him is very hard, everybody knows,” he said. “Gleison Tibau, he’s a beast. I finished Thiago Tavares — Thiago Tavares is very good, too. Abel Trujillo, he’s a beast. Before his fight with me, he killed one guy. After his fight with me, he killed three guys. He’s a very good guy, Abel Trujillo is. [Nobody] has ever finished Pat Healy in the UFC. I think my opponents are very good and strong guys. I know I [haven’t] finished, but I’ve smashed everybody in striking, ground and pound, wrestling, everywhere.”

Nurmagomedov, who is no longer with the Red Fury Fight Team, said that he thinks that Cerrone will prevail against Alvarez at UFC 178, but that the historical match-up comparison falls to his side. Cerrone lost to dos Anjos and Henderson, dos Anjos beat Henderson, and he beat dos Anjos. He says the Brazilian dos Anjos is the gauge in the scenario.

As for having a preference as to who wins between Melendez and Pettis at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, he said he doesn’t really have any druthers. He just has promises.

“For me it’s no problem,” he said. “If Pettis wins, I think for me it’s very good. I want a fight with him, but Gilbert Melendez is very good guy too, very good fighter. Maybe he wins, too. I think 50/50. But I will fight versus Anthony Pettis.

“I think he knows my name, but I think he [doesn’t] respect for me, and next year he’ll know my name, 100 percent.”

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UFC’s Khabib Nurmagomedov Sidelined For Extended Future

UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov will likely spend the rest of 2014 on the sidelines following a torn meniscus in his right leg. Nurmagomedov’s manager, Mike Constantino, confirmed with MMAjunkie.com that the unbeaten fighter could be back quicker if his rehab progresses quicker than expected. Prior to suffering in the injury, UFC officials have booked […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov headed for surgery after tearing meniscus

When Dana White announced last week that Khabib Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury, which forced him out of a planned fight against Donald Cerrone in September, he wasn’t sure just how serious the injury was. In other words, there still appeared to be some hope that the fight could made this year.

However, Mike Constantino, one of Nurmagomedov’s managers, informed MMAFighting.com that the lightweight contender received word on Tuesday that he had suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, which will require surgery. Right now, Nurmagomedov is expected to be out of action until January.

White said on Friday that both Cerrone and Nurmagomedov agreed to the fight, and then less than 30 minutes later disaster struck.

“That fight is made — it’s done,” White said. “Twenty minutes later, [Nurmagomedov] went into the gym and blew his knee out. Twenty. F—ing. Minutes. Later.

“It was done. The bout agreements, done. Email went out last night from [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva saying that this fight is done, both contracts were signed…boom, 20 minutes later, you’re not going to f—ing believe this, the fight is off.”

The 22-0 Dagestani fighter is 6-0 in the UFC, most recently defeating Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision in April. No word just yet on who Cerrone will be fighting next instead.

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Stop The Presses: Nurmagomedov Suffers Injury, Cerrone Fight Nixed

Moments after the UFC had put pen to paper and inked Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the bout was scrapped. During his scrum in Ireland, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the promotion had signed Cerrone-Nurmagomedov for a future card in a battle of lightweight contenders. “Twenty minutes (after signing the fight, Nurmagomedov) went into […]

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Nurmagomedov Suffers Knee Injury, Proposed Fight with Cerrone at UFC 178 Canceled

Donald Cerrone-Khabib Nurmagomedov was a done deal for UFC 178. Then the dreaded injury bug reared its ugly head once again.
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