Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach and father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, says his son could be interested in a fight with Eddie Alvarez. Khabib Nurmagomedov cemented himself as one of the scariest contenders in the lightweight division when he beat Edson Barboza to a pulp at UFC 219.
And, according to his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who also serves as Khabib’s mentor and coach, current lightweight champion Conor McGregor and interim champ Tony Ferguson would be wise to avoid the undefeated Dagestani.
If the UFC decides to book a title unification bout between ‘The Notorious’ and ‘El Cucuy’, Nurmagomedov Sr. says ‘The Eagle’ would be interested in a top contender’s bout with former champ Eddie Alvarez, who lost the belt to McGregor at UFC 205.
“I think that Conor, Diaz, and Ferguson, instead of fighting with Khabib, will be better off against each other 30 times,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov told MatchTV.ru in a recent interview, per MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “If Conor and Ferguson fight among themselves, give us Alvarez. He said that he was preparing Barboza for Khabib. Well, let’s see, let him go himself now.”
Nurmagomedov, who identifies as Muslim, has opted to fight three times in 2018 and wants his first fight to take place before, or at the very latest, during the first few days of Ramadan, which begins this year on May 15.
“If in the first third of Ramadan, then this is normal: Khabib will not begin to weaken,” Abdulmanap said. “In fact, eight days before the fight, when he makes weight, he already eats little and eats less than in Ramadan after sunset. Until May 22, we are ready to take the fight.”
Khabib has also hinted at a drop to feathweight, but Abdulmanap says his son has never been interested in a fights with Max Holloway or Jose Aldo.
“As for the 66kg [145 pounds], we were never interested in fighters in that weight. Neither Holloway nor Aldo. If people in the 70 kg division [155 pounds] cannot get out from under Khabib, do you think that someone in 66 kg can do it? Holloway is small.”
Nurmagomedov, 29, extended his win streak to 25 at UFC 219 and broke into the top-fifteen pound-for-pound rankings.