Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Only Fight For 'Real' Lightweight Title Says Manager

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Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 12:01

The UFC has yet to announce the news, but the possibility of a show in Russian Federation was, at a press conference following the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden, New York, back in November 2016. Or will the Irishman's stubbornness at the negotiation table see him stripped of his belt, something that would elevate a contest between Khabib and Ferguson to an undisputed lightweight showdown?

"Khabib's next fight, we're not fighting for no damn interim belt", Abdelaziz said.

Nurmagomedov secured his 25th career win when he defeated Edson Barboza at UFC 219 in December.

The 29-year-old did so by registering a unanimous decision victory over Edson Barboza, who is regarded by many to be the most risky striker in the 155lbs.

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Many believe that with Conor McGregor's inactivity that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will have to defend his gold against Nurmagomedov.

Although it's not clear if Nurmagomedov will take part in the planned Moscow event, the 29-year-old Dagestan native hinted at "big news" to come on his Instagram page two days ago. "And he's going to make a big fight in the future, but I think Khabib and Tony is the big fight and f***, they might even do that one in Russian Federation".

Earlier this week it emerged that Nurmagomedov wasinterested in taking on the former champion Eddie Alvarez in the event that a matchup with Ferguson or McGregor was not booked but now, his manager Ali Abdelaziz has let the world know that his client is putting his foot down. Fans love Zabit Magomedsharipov now. Many (fighters) will want to perform both in the UFC and at home at the same time. Plus it's very interesting for [Russian] fans.

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