No. 1-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is the maddest man in mixed martial arts (MMA) this morning -- and he has every right to be -- after news broke late last night that Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will get the opportunity to compete for the 155-pound world title before him at UFC 205, which takes place inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016.
After all, less than one week ago, company president Dana White took to social media to shoot down rumors that "Notorious" -- who has yet to defend his Featherweight belt -- would leapfrog the passionate "Eagle." Nonetheless, despite repeated heated efforts to call out the champion -- and even signing two separate bout agreements -- the Dagestani will have no other choice but to wait a little while longer.
Don't expect him to sit quietly, though:
В то время когда я подписывал контракт с @ufc это ещё был спортом, щас это перешло в шоу, или как это назвать я не знаю, единственное что меня держит в этом гребенном так называемом спорте - это то что я не хочу останавливаться на пол пути, этому меня не учили, я продолжу идти ИншаАллагь. When I signed agreement with @UFC it was sport. Now it became a freak show, or I don't know how to call it right. Only thing that keeping me in this cracking sport, is that I don't want to stop on the halfway, I wasn't raised like this, not a quiter. I'll keep moving forward InshaAllah.
Nurmagomedov piled on via Twitter, claiming that UFC, as well as McGregor and Alvarez, "used" him until the last possible moment to get the clandestine deal done.
I have two bout agreements that bullshit champ refuses to sign. I got used the whole time to make Conor and Eddie get on their knees and beg— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) September 27, 2016
It's pretty clear that Nurmagomedov is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. McGregor is the biggest star in the sport right now and the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league needed to anchor its historic pay-per-view (PPV) event -- its first ever in New York after years of legal battles and disappointments -- with a proven, money-making draw. While immensely talented, McGregor -- not Nurmagomedov ... or anyone not named Ronda Rousey for that matter -- fits that bill better than anyone.
One just has to wonder why a 145-pound rematch between McGregor and Jose Aldo, which was the original plan, didn't serve the same purpose.