Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has no love for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who likes to imbibe with a cold, frosty one after a hard day of combat sports training.
That includes UFC 187 opponent Donald Cerrone.
In fact, "The Eagle" doesn't even think "Cowboy" is the genuine article, but rather a posturing boozehound who may not understand what it's like to wrestle bears or train in the mountains. But he's going to find out when they collide on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nurmagomedov talks to MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
"It's just funny. Cowboy is fake. I don't think he's really cowboy, I think he's fake. He all the time drink, drunk. I don't think so he's really cowboy. I'm really cowboy. I'm mountain guy. I'm training camp all my life, I'm wrestling with the bears. I'm really cowboy. He's drunk guy. I am Dagestan cowboy, 100-percent. You know why he's a little bit nervous? Because I say truth. I say truth. I no say trash talk, I say truth, and he's a little bit nervous. He needs wrestling, he needs wrestling partners. But it's okay. After two months we have fight, we have crazy fight, and when cage close, he understand, ‘Wow, this guy's crazy. Why I take this fight? Why I take this fight?' When cage close, Cowboy, you need fly. And you fly 100-percent."
If so, that would make him famous.
The stakes for their pay-per-view (PPV) showdown in "Sin City" just got even higher, as the winner will move on to rematch Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title, thanks to the Brazilian's upset win over Anthony Pettis last weekend in Dallas, Texas (video).
Will the real UFC "Cowboy" please stand up?