While mixed martial arts (MMA) fans aren't entirely sure whether Khabib Nurmagomedov will get a chance at starting his career 22-0 against Gilbert Melendez, the Combat Sambo World Champion already has a plan in place for the rest of a young 2014.
Assuming the rumored lightweight contender bout goes down at UFC 170 on Feb. 22, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada -- like the fight poster released at UFC 168's post-fight presser said -- "The Eagle" has his sights set on two other big names in the 155-pound pond (via Instagram).
Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis.
The Red Fury Fight Team member has been on a roll since making his Octagon debut in early 2012, defeating the likes of Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo and most recently Pat Healy at UFC 165. Prior to that, "The Eagle" racked up 16 consecutive wins in his native country of Russia.
The fighters he mentioned haven't been all that bad, themselves.
"Showtime" Pettis is the division's champion and his last time out, forced Ben Henderson to tap, although he is currently on the shelf due to another injury. Because of his history of knee ailments, he has drawn the attention of Nate Diaz, who has used the beef to throw himself back into the title picture alongside his buddy, "El Nino."
If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) listens to Nurmagomedov and he continues winning, his date with "Showtime" could come sooner rather than later.
Although, I may be the only one pining for the "Killa" Trujillo we saw at UFC on FOX 9 getting another shot at the man who took him down a UFC record 21 times.
Anyone else down with that?