Khabib Nurmagomedov gives UFC ultimatum in campaign for McGregor bout

Khabib Nurmagomedov has given the UFC an ultimatum: either he gets a title shot against newly crowned 155-lb champion Conor McGregor, or he leaves the promotion.

The #1 ranked lightweight contender, who is undefeated in his 24-fight career, dominated #6 ranked Michael Johnson en route to a third-round submission victory on the undercard of UFC 205 last weekend.

During the bout, Nurmagomedov could be heard trash talking Johnson and telling UFC president Dana White in between rounds that he would “smash [his] boy,” in reference to McGregor. In his post-fight speech, he was also adamant about getting a shot at McGregor calling him a “chicken” and boasting his 24-fight win streak.

Following the bout, the 28-year-old Dagestani took to Twitter to continue his campaign for a title shot.

“You don’t have to love me but you need to respect me,” he tweeted. “24-0. Conor I know you are losing sleep already.”

A day later, he gave the UFC a final warning.

“I want to fight for UFC title for respect,” he said. “but if I don’t get my next shot I have a different plan, I won’t be fighting in UFC.”

At the post-fight press conference, McGregor didn’t seem very interested in the bout saying that Nurmagomedov “ain’t fighting to frequent for [his] liking” and that he was a “consistent pull-out merchant.”

Nurmagomedov has won all eight of his UFC bouts with four coming by way of stoppage.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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