Khabib Nurmagomedov kept his win streak going last night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) improving to 24-0 (8-0 UFC) after taking out Michael Johnson via submission in round number three of their 155-pound matchup at UFC 205 in New York, New York (see it again here).
After the fight, "The Eagle" stormed toward company president Dana White, who was sitting cageside, and screamed for his long overdue shot at the Lightweight title. And during his backstage interview, Khabib also said he asked White during the fight to stop sending him "fake contracts," as the outstanding wrestler felt he was used as a pawn during the Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez negotiations.
He explains (via MMA Fighting):
"I talk to Dana in between rounds. I said, 'Hey, don't send me no more of your fake contracts, I need real contracts. ' So he said, 'Hey, you have to finish this fight.' I told him, 'You already know I deserve this. After this fight, you need to send me a real contract.' And then he told me to go finish it. After I finished fight I told him I'm waiting for agreement; maybe in Brooklyn, UFC 209, why not? February, UFC 210 in Las Vegas. Anywhere, it doesn't matter. Russia, Ireland, I can fight in his backyard, anywhere. I know all of you know I deserve this."
Indeed, Khabib’s approach was drastically different from that of Tony Ferguson's after he defeated Rafael dos Anjos last week (see it), opting to not call for a shot at the strap during his post-fight victory. Not a smart move, according to some.
That said, the right to challenge newly-crowned 155-pound champion Conor McGregor -- who made history in "The Empire State" -- is still pretty much a mystery until the promotion makes its decision, as "El Cucuy" has also been wrecking shop inside the cage.
But, was Khabib’s dominant finish and subsequent mic work enough to put him over the top? If it was, then he'll likely have to wait a while to get his championship fight against "Notorious," as the mouthy Irishman is looking to take some time off to take care of his growing family.
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