Khabib wants Dos Anjos in March
With the two-year layoff mark quickly approaching, Khabib Nurmagomedov, a practicing Muslim martial artist, is itching to return to the Octagon.
The talented UFC lightweight suffered his third consecutive injury several months ago and was forced out of a highly anticipated match-up against Tony Ferguson. However, unlike his previous two knee injures, this one was a broken rib.
Khabib, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, even contemplated retirement following his latest injury. Instead, he set a timetable for his return and is already maneuvering for a title shot following the champ’s 66-second TKO against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17.
“In January, I’ll get back to heavier workouts, back to training wrestling and striking. I want to be ready in March and perhaps try a title fight in Brazil against a Brazilian champion [Rafael dos Anjos],” Khabib told Ag fight (h/t Globo). “Because he wants people to say he’s the champion, but actually I’m the one who dominated him. He must defeat me so people say that he is the true champion.
“But first, I need to be fit.” Nurmagomedov (22-0) is on a twenty-two-fight win streak that includes victories over Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo, and Pat Healy. Despite his near two-year absence from the sport, the latest UFC rankings have the Dagestani fighter slotted at No. 2.
Source: Bloody Elbow