Allah permitting, Khabib Nurmagomedov will wait for UFC title shot

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

"The Eagle," who will be observing Ramadan, anticipates a September return.

While some mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are trying to go straight to a title fight after only one win, Khaibb Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is willing to take on all comers to prove he's worthy of a shot at the gold.

This, despite the fact that "The Eagle" has won all 22 of his professional fights including six straight in the highly-competitive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight division.

But, according the Khabib, he is willing to win seven straight in order to earn his crack at the crown, as he eyes a return to the Octagon in September.

From his conversation with M1GlobalRussia (via MMA Fighting):

"I need another fight before I can fight for the belt. [Gilbert] Melendez is fighting [Anthony] Pettis so the next fight for a champion will happen in May [2015] or so. I can't wait that long. I need another fight before the end of 2014. If Allah gives me a victory then I'll wait for a title fight. Against whom? I don't know. It could be the winner of [Donald] Cerrone vs. [Jim] Miller, Michael Johnson, Nate Diaz or T.J. Grant. Anything can happen. I'll wait for the UFC to call me."

According to Khabib, he was offered a fight at UFC Fight Night 45 in July, presumably against Donald Cerrone, but was forced to decline due to the fact that the date would interfere with Ramadan; which means the practicing Muslim would be fasting.

But, once that has passed, the scrappy Russian is ready to take on any and all comers in order to try and earn his place as the top contender in 155-pound division. Perhaps the winner of this interesting fight, would be a good option.

Heck, he'll even take on two fighters at the same time, if that's what it takes.

Or a bear.

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