Is having a high-powered striking attack enough to beat an undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter?
Not according to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who says current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, is lacking in wrestling -- and defense -- to pose any kind of a threat to him or his mint MMA record (22-0, 6-0 UFC).
That's why Khabib -- who considers himself the No. 1 contender (he's actually No. 2) -- recently told UFC Tonight a fight against "Showtime" would be "easy money," probably based on this scouting report. He also says he wouldn't mind silencing Donald Cerrone in his comeback fight.
Khabib recently underwent successful knee surgery (pic), one which he paid for himself, as he was unaware that UFC could assist him with the expense.
Upon hearing the news, Lorenzo Fertitta took it upon himself to fly Khabib out to Los Angeles, California, to be treated by the same doctor who took care of Georges St-Pierre's knee. Not only did Fertitta pay for that, but he also took care of The Dagestani's original medical bills.
"The Eagle" is eyeing an Octagon return early next year, but the chances of him fighting for the title right away might be slim, as Pettis is expected to take on Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. And unless Khabib would be willing to sit on the sidelines a bit longer, he'd likely have to take another fight before facing Pettis or Melendez.
As for a fight against Cerrone, that may doable if he can manage to defeat Eddie Alvarez when he welcomes the former Bellator lightweight champ into the Octagon at UFC 178 on Sept. 27, also in "Sin City."
One thing is certain, there will be no shortage of
haters challengers for Khabib once he's ready and able to get back into the swing of things.