Last night at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title by submitting interim champion Dustin Poirier in the third-round via rear-naked choke.
Khabib dominated the fight with his elite wrestling skills throughout the fight and although Poirier had his moments in the fight and in the third round, he had Khabib locked in a tight guillotine choke and held on to it as hard as he could, but ultimately Khabib got out of the hold and submitted Poirier via rear-naked choke with just 2:16 remaining on the clock.
With this win, Khabib extended his winning record to 28-0 and revealed to John Anik in the post-fight interview about his next fight.
“UFC make decision,” Khabib replied. “I think yes, (Tony) deserve this. It’s going to be a good fight.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov continued:
“You know it’s like, when you’re champion, undefeated, undisputed, even when you’re 28-0. You know it’s like 12-0 in UFC. People are (still) going to talk about ok this guy. Even if I beat Tony Ferguson. After Tony Ferguson, they’re going to be like some guy. They’re going to promote him. He’s the guy that is going to beat him. Then, he is the guy that is going to beat him. This is a game you know. Right now, I know Tony is not, after Tony it is not finished nothing.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
Do you guys think Khabib will fight Tony next?