ByJason Nawara, writer at
Jason Nawara

The fans love Khabib Nurmagomedov for good reason: he's a no BS guy who backs up his talk by dominating elite fighters. There's embracing the grind, and there's Khabib, shooting for dozens of takedowns and unleashing a ground and pound fury the likes of which few could ever comprehend. He's Russia's greatest ambassador to the Octagon, and his no bullsh-t attitude has endeared him to even the most jaded fan.

Now, he's done playing around. No more Conor McGregor callouts, no more political games. Khabib knows it's Tony Time.

"Aldo says, referring to me, that I refused to fight with him.

I want a real battle, and only Tony can give it to me. At this stage of my career, even if I win Daniel Cormier, fans will say that I have to fight with Tony, and I agree with them."

That's BADASS. Okay? and have already been scheduled to fight multiple times, with injuries ruining each potential matchup, but there's no better time than now to settle on the true no. 1 contender. Khabib is giving the fans and the UFC what it wants and needs right now. He's laying it all out there. Let's see it happen.


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