After two years on the sidelines due to injuries, No. 2-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the Octagon this Saturday (April 16, 2016) on the main card of UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, Florida.
And you can expect him to be calling for a 155-pound title shot when the smoke clears in "The Sunshine State," according to his conversation with MMA Fighting, because unlike some of those other "bums," he never loses.
"I never lost a round my whole career. I beat the current lightweight champion. I hope these guys give me a title shot. This is not my problem that I have Darrel Horcher. I asked Cowboy, I asked Eddie Alvarez, I asked Tony Ferguson, and nobody came. This is not my problem. I'm undefeated all my life. Eddie Alvarez loses all the time, ‘Cowboy' loses, Tony Ferguson loses. UFC needs somebody different. Somebody new, new level, new generation. All these bums lose all the time. Nate Diaz has lost 10 times, McGregor has lost, Tony Ferguson has lost, Eddie Alvarez, Cowboy, everybody has lost. I am undefeated. UFC needs to give me a title shot."
Reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos, who lost to "The Eagle" at UFC on FOX 11, returns to action in July.
Nurmagomedov (22-0) was expected to trade blows with Tony Ferguson this weekend on FOX; however, "El Cucuy" was medically unfit to compete and forced to withdraw. The promotion scrambled for a new opponent and a few big names were teased before Horcher entered the fray.
For more on how that fight came together click here.