Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov put Conor McGregor in his place after impressive UFC 219 win

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On a night where there wasn't one single knockout, UFC 219 produced a card full of close fights and hard-hitting action.

While Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg battled it out in a tight main event in which the latter would eventually win via decision, plenty of eyes were focused on Khabib Nurmagomedov's battle with No. 4 ranked lightweight, Edson Barboza.

In truth, the Eagle dominated all three rounds against his Brazilian foe and strolled to victory in one of the most all-encompassing performances of 2017.

The Russian chased Barboza around the cage and rained down strikes at every given opportunity. Only the fact that Barboza threw back some strikes of his own meant that he survived the distance.

Following such a comprehensive victory - Khabib won 30-25, 30-25, 30-24 on the scorecards - there can no longer be any doubt that he needs a title fight in 2018.

With a pristine record of 25 wins from 25 fights, many believe that 29-year-old's ascension to a world title fight is actually long overdue.

The natural choice for Nurmagomedov would be to fight lightweight champion Conor McGregor. He's easily the biggest draw in the UFC and thus, the Eagle would make the biggest payday of his career in fighting him - that's a no-brainer.

But, of course, Tony Ferguson is the interim lightweight champion and with McGregor having never defended a title in the promotion - despite ruling the featherweight division too - chances are Ferguson will be more willing to step up to the plate.

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When asked about facing McGregor following his victory at UFC 219, Nurmagomedov's reply was telling.

"I don't think about Conor [McGregor]. He has a lot of money now. He needs to spend it. When he runs out of money and needs to fight again, then I'll think about him."

However, just last summer, the Notorious One admitted the Russian was on his radar and the prospect of fighting him in his homeland was an enticing one.

“It’s certainly one of the things I would like to do,” McGregor told MMAjunkie backstage at SSE Arena Wembley. “Whether it’s next, I don’t know. I don’t even know how close the Russia thing is. Whether Khabib can pull his (expletive) together; he missed weight.”


Nurmagomedov could well be considered the most dangerous fighter in the UFC today and whether McGregor wants any part of that is certainly up for debate.

If you ask Twitter, they certainly think McGregor is ducking him:

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