Conor McGregor wasn’t the only one taking the headline last weekend at the UFC 205 pay-per-view, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight championship.
We had Yoel Romero brutally knock out Chris Weidman, confusion surrounded the draw between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, while Miesha Tate announced her retirement following her loss to Raquel Pennington.
However, Khabib Nurmagomedov ensured that his preliminary card fight against Michael Johnson didn’t go unnoticed.
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His post-fight interview was straight to the point; he wants McGregor, and he wants the title, and he’s continued to speak about the UFC not giving him a title shot he deserves.
In fact, The Eagle believes it so much that he told Johnson the exact same thing, telling him to give up – while pummelling him on the ground.
At the 20-second mark in the video below, you can see Nurmagomedov take control of the fight by sitting over Johnson, raining down the punches and telling him, “You have to give up. I need to fight for the title. You know this. I have to fight for the title.”
'YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP'
Despite recovering from a tricky start, he went on to dominate, and the clip shows just how confident Nurmagomedov was, as he also spoke to UFC president Dana White during rounds, with the unbeaten Dagestani ordering him to hand him a title shot.
He also went on to echo the statement to reporters following the fight, revealing that he urged Johnson to give up which forced everyone to go back and watch whether he did actually do what he claimed.
He said: “I had a little talk with him; is that not good?
“I told him, ‘Hey, I have to fight for the title. You know this.’ I told him, ‘I don’t want to smash your face, and I already beat you. You have to give up.’ But he kept fighting.”
It turns out he does know how the UFC PR machine works, with a stunt like this and plenty of rants, it’ll be difficult to overlook him yet again.
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