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Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't stepped foot in the Octagon since April 2014, but that doesn't mean he's not ready to come back with a vengeance in 2016. He recently spoke to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour and had this to say about his plans going forward. He also had some words for Conor McGregor.

"I think, first of all, I need to stay healthy, and next year, I think March is a perfect date for me. I need to fight somebody in March and fight for the title maybe [at] UFC 200...This is my little dream now."

He got into specifics about his "dream".

"I think it's perfect [if I fight] [Anthony] Pettis or [Eddie] Alvarez, or I think maybe Tony Ferguson. If the UFC doesn't give him [Ferguson] a title fight, I think we need to fight for the number-one contender fight. Tony Ferguson has a seven-[fight] win[ning] streak, and he deserves a title shot or a fight with me."

Khabib is talking, but is anyone listening? Check out what else he had to say...

"When I had [the] injury, I was very upset. I was very upset with me, with myself, because I'm injured, injured, injured. This happened again, again, again. Sometimes this [can break you mentally]. [I haven't] fought in almost two years…[When]I cannot fight, this is very hard for my heart. My heart wants competition. My heart wants [to] fight. This is my blood. I understand about fans, why these guys are very upset. I'm very upset with myself, too. Next year, I'll come back...I cannot say why I am injured all the time, but I think I need to change something, and I know what I [should] change, but I don't want to tell you and tell fans about what I think, but we'll see. We'll see."

He thinks Conor McGregor should stay a featherweight... for his own good

"I think, my opinion, [is that] Conor has to stay in featherweight division. Because, if he moves to lightweight, a lot of people will say, 'Hey, you [haven't done] everything in featherweight. Because you have one beef here. This is Frankie Edgar.' And everyone agrees with me. This is first. I think Conor needs to stay in [145] and fight for the title with Frankie."

Interesting. What do you think?



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