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Anthony Pettis wants injured Khabib Nurmagomedov to 'quiet down, humble himself, and get better'

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Will karma be enough to silence the scrappy Dagestani?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's long-awaited return to the Octagon hit a road block after re-injuring his knee while training for his scheduled fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 187, which was set to go down on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Soon thereafter, Anthony Pettis had a field day with the news, sending out a tweet to the Sambo specialist, reminding him that "karma's a bitch." That's because "The Eagle" made it a point to clown "Showtime" for sitting on the sidelines for an extended period of time due to his own medical issues.

And while Pettis doesn't wish injury upon anyone, he hopes Khabib will now quiet down a bit and learn to be humble after enduring this latest setback.

His comments to MMA Sucka (via Bloody Elbow):

"He was talking big crap when I was injured, how I was a paper champ and scared to fight people. Injuries happen man and there is nothing you can do about them. He got a little taste of his own medicine. He probably didn't wish injuries (to happen to others) but when you talk about injuries and other people when they are hurt, it happens to you. That is why I said it to him. I don't wish injury on him. I hope he gets better and if he is one of the best in the lightweight division, we should see it coming up in a couple of months. He needs to quiet down a little bit, humble himself and focus on getting better."

Nurmagomedov's injury will keep him on the bench another five months after already missing a year due to his busted knee.

His absence has allowed other fighters to step up and take the limelight, including Rafael dos Anjos -- a man Khabib defeated -- who beat the aforementioned Pettis to claim the 155-pound belt earlier this year.

By the time "The Eagle" returns to the Octagon, it will be roughly a year and a half between fights. And when he does make his comeback, Pettis hopes to see a more humble colleague.

Not likely.