Following his sixth straight win in the UFC’s lightweight division, undefeated AKA product Khabib Nurmagomedov has his sights set on his next fight and if all goes his way, Anthony Pettis will be his next opponent.
On Saturday, Nurmagomedov shutdown one of the best fighters at 155 pounds in Rafael Dos Anjos and he did so with relative ease. The win pushed “The Eagle” to No. 5 in the official UFC rankings and was a lot more straight forward than most people had imagined.
Prior to the bout, Dos Anjos was looking unstoppable, winning his last five straight which included wins over the likes of Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham. But, he was no match for Nurmagomedov who totally dominated him for fifteen minutes to take a unanimous decision.
With the victory Nurmagomedov is now on the longest win streak in the UFC’s lightweight division and he hopes his current record is enough to grant him the next shot at a UFC title. If it isn’t enough the 25-year old plans on returning around August, where he has three possible opponents in mind:
“If they do not announce me as the next challenger for the title, then my next fight will likely take place in the autumn.
I do not know who my opponent will be. I will eventually get them all. If the situation will develop in this way, then I would gladly take a fight against Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz or TJ Grant, but the last word is for the UFC.” Nurmagomedov told MMABoxing.ru.
It’s unlikely Nurmagomedov will receive the next shot at Pettis with the champion set to begin coaching TUF 20 against rival coach Gilbert Melendez, who he is expected to fight later in the year.
But, the other fights are all possible. However, it’s unlikely he would get Diaz given his current run, being 1-2 in his last three fights. A bout against Cerrone would make sense, “Cowboy” also fought on Saturday against Edson Barboza and picked up his third straight win in the division. For me, a fight against Grant makes the most sense.
The Canadian has tore through the lightweight division since dropping down from 170 pounds and if it wasn’t for his long layoff with concussion, he would almost certainly be next in line for the belt.
But a bout with Nurmagomedov would all depend on whether he could even make the fight. Grant has been out of action for almost a year now and it isn’t known how long his recovery will take.
Who do you think Nurmagomedov should get for his next fight?