Khabib Nurmagomedov has been chasing a UFC lightweight title shot for quite some time and were it not for an unfortunate run of injuries, which limited his activity in the Octagon to just one appearance in the past two years, he would have almost certainly received one by now.
During his time on the bench, former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez entered the UFC, notched up wins against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and then crowned himself the new king of the lightweights when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos via first round TKO last month, during international fight week in Las Vegas.
Taking to social media this morning ‘The Eagle’ went on an Instagram rant highlighting the competition he’s faced since entering the UFC.
“So Alvarez says that I never fight with top fighters and talking about my pro record,” states Nurmagomedov. “I’m not sure where he gets that information, but when I fight vs. Tibau he was ranked 15, when I fight vs. Tavares, he was considered as best Brazilian lightweight, Pat Healy was ranked 10, when I fight RDA he was #5.
“My last fight, I suppose to face Tony Ferguson who is ranked #3 but he got injured and pulled out. I asked for any light and welterweight fighter for replacement, including Alvarez, but nobody accept.”
Nurmagomedov, to quote GSP, hasn’t been ‘impressed’ with Alvarez’s performances mocking ‘The Underground King’ and his route to UFC championship gold.
“But your ass, Eddie, got kicked in first UFC fight by Cowboy, second fight you won Melendez by split decision, but all experts believes you lost that one unanimously,” adds the unbeaten Russian.
“Third one you win Pettis by split decision and after that you get title shot. You beat RDA without question. Do you really believe, that with that only one UFC victory, you are great fighter and can dictate your terms? I don’t think so. Remember, with or without the belt, I will hunt you down. Your name (is) in my blacklist.”