Khabib Nurmagomedov made a good case for his much-desired shot at the the Lightweight strap, which is currently held by Conor McGregor — who won the belt by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in he main event of UFC 205 (see it here) — by taking out Michael Johnson in "The Big Apple."
With 24 straight wins, including eight inside the Octagon, to his credit, "The Eagle" seems to be the top candidate, but if you ask "Notorious," Nurmagomedov needs to show a little more consistency when it comes to fighting, not pulling out fights.
"He's fought once in eight years," McGregor said during the post-fight presser via MMA Fighting. "He ain't fight too frequent for my liking. For me to commit to something like that, I need to see solid proof that people are gonna show up and he's a consistent pull-out merchant. He had a good performance tonight. Fair play to him."
"I need to see active. I need to see activity. I need to see consistency. I need to see me. If you want me to come and change your life, if you want me to come pick you, you better have some damn reasons for me to do that."
The King has spoken.
Of course, many may see Conor’s comments as a simple means to avoid having to defend one of his belts, which he hasn’t done since winning the Featherweight belt last December, though he’s competed three times since then.
But, now that he’s done what no man has ever done before -- and could have a piece of equity with UFC in the near future — McGregor will likely continue to call the shots. And as history has shown us, that won’t be good new for top title contenders.
Plus, "Notorious" is keen on taking a break to welcome his a child into the world next year. After all, Conor has has a busy fighting schedule, as he has competed four times inside the Octagon in a little under a year.
Which is more than can be said for Khabib, who unfortunately has had issues with injuries over the last couple of years.
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