After another solid victory at UFC205 last week, is it time for Khabib Nurmagomedov to have a shot at the Lightweight belt? As the #1 ranked contender in the division and with a 24-0 record, many would agree that maybe it is time for The Eagle to prove his worth at the very top.
Although highly regarded for his grappling skills, Khabib’s 24-0 record is consistent across the board with 8 wins by submission, 8 by KO and 8 by decision, and as such would give anyone a run for their money at 155llbs.
As much as he deserves a title shot, Tony Ferguson as his next opponent would surely make more sense before staking a claim as the lightweight king? Victory over Ferguson would then hopefully silence the critics and prove once and for all that Khabib deserves his place at the top table in the division.
In his latest fight, at UFC205, Khabib survived an early barrage against Michael Johnson (who beat Ferguson on the Nate Diaz v Jim Miller UFC on Fox card in 2012), but came through relatively unscathed and ended up dominating Johnson before the 3rd round submission.
With Dana White confirming that McGregor won’t be fighting until after the birth of his child, a title fight won’t be happening anytime soon. With this news ringing in Khabib’s ears, many will wait with bated breath to see if he follows through with his threat to leave the UFC.
You can understand the frustration and resentment from Khabib, but is threatening to leave the UFC really a wise thing to do? Only time will tell.