Khabib Nurmagomedov has found himself in the unenviable position of being a straight-up Octagon assassin, yet not a big enough name for the top guys to want to fight. And he knows this. Since his call outs of Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz have pretty much gone nowhere, prompting Dana White to proclaim that no one wants to face him, the undefeated Russian has turned to another method in an effort to get a fight: namely, the old “outrageous claims” tact.
Nurmagomedov appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday, and while exhibiting signs of a reasonable pragmatist in his acknowledgement that fighting him would have little upside, he also threw in a little something extra.
“I understand that it’s going to be a tough fight for them. I’m really kind of a no-name, or I don’t have as much of a name in the U.S. right now as they do. So a loss to somebody like myself would definitely set them back. I do get that. I do get the business aspect of it, but I think that they should definitely fight. If they say that they’re willing to fight the best, they should fight the best. If they want, I’ll take them both at once in the cage.”
It’s assumed that Nurmagomedov is engaging in a little hyperbole in his claim that he’d take both Melendez and Diaz at the same time in the Octagon. But if he isn’t… well, only on rare occasions do two-on-one fights end well for the lone scrapper.