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Barboza: UFC offered me Khabib Nurmagomedov on Dec. 30 — and I said YES

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Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender, Edson Barboza, has a chance to skip the line at 155 pounds by taking out top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov at the upcoming UFC 219 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He just needs “The Eagle” to say yes.

“They offered me this fight and I accepted it,” Barboza told MMA Fighting. “I said I’ll be ready for December 30, and it’s on him now. We’ll see what he does. I saw an interview with him yesterday and he said he’ll fight me if Conor fights Ferguson, and Dana (White) already said that fight will happen, so I believe my next fight will be against Khabib."

Assuming this report is true.

Now that Tony Ferguson has captured the interim lightweight championship, he’s expected to move on to unify the titles against reigning division kingpin Conor McGregor, leaving the No. 3-ranked Barboza and No. 2-ranked Nurmagomedov nothing to do except fight one another.

Sorry, Paulie.

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