ByDan Shapiro, writer at
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Dan Shapiro

Undefeated lightweight is quickly moving on after being snubbed by incumbent champion Eddie Alvarez, who opted for a UFC 205 main event against Conor McGregor over “The Eagle.”

Currently training at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy alongside light heavyweight champion and UFC 206 headliner Daniel Cormier, Nurmagomedov is focused on his upcoming opponent, Blackzilians representative Michael Johnson. The two square off on November 12, as part of the UFC 205 undercard at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Nurmagomedov, who is 7-0 inside the Octagon and last fought in April, has been looking for a fight for quite some time. And while he was previously linked to a title bout with Alvarez (before McGregor stepped up), Nurmagomedov, a dominant wrestler, will have his hands full with Johnson, who is currently ranked sixth by the UFC.

“I think he has the best hands in the lightweight division,” commented Nurmagomedov, after calling both McGregor and Alvarez “a little bit scared.”

Beyond the headliner, Nurmagomedov also elaborated on another pivotal lightweight matchup, the upcoming UFC Mexico main event between Tony Ferguson and former champion Rafael dos Anjos.

“This fight [is] more interesting than Conor vs. Alvarez,” offered Nurmagomedov, who owns a 2014 win over dos Anjos and has been linked to Ferguson on at least three occasions.

Nurmagomedov is officially going with RDA on November 5, but explains that it’s really a pick ‘em fight.

Perhaps Ferguson has some thoughts on Nurmagomedov ...


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