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Khabib fed up – Sends warning to all rivals: “I smash all of them”

"Stop talking about me..."

Tired of being slandered and having his name brought up by other fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov has sent a stern warning to UFC lightweights. 

When you’re at the top of a division in the UFC, expect to be called out and have your name brought up constantly. Usually, all a reigning champion needs to do is await new challengers and exert ones dominance at the top of the heap. However currently, with the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s hard for many champions to safely answer the call to battle. In fact, this weekend will host the first MMA event; UFC 249, since the breakout.

The UFC lightweight division has for many years been the most stacked and talent rich division in the UFC. Reigning at the top of the division is Dagestan’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has grown tired of having his name brought up by other fighters – and has a warning for all potential contenders.

“I can fight anytime. Ramadan finishes May 23. [In July], I’m gonna be ready. Stop talking about me. This is coronatime; when Khabibtime comes, I [will] smash all of them,” Nurmagomedov wrote in an Instagram comment.


Nurmagomedov was scheduled to defend his title against long-time rival Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. However Nurmagomedov found himself stuck in Russia, which later closed its borders for travel. Ferguson was quick to slam Nurmagomedov, the lightweight champion would however be defended by UFC president Dana White. Russian rapper Anubis released a diss track aimed at Nurmagomedov, and UFC legend Chuck Liddell recently implied that the lightweight champ was concerned about his arch rival Conor McGregor.

Based on his potential return date,Nurmagomedov would potentially be able to take part in a unification bout with the winner of the interim championship between Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. White has, however, been relatively clear in implying that he would like to see Nurmagomedov rematch his nemesis McGregor.

Who do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight in his return to the UFC?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for