Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants Eddie Alvarez if McGregor vs. Ferguson is next

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants Eddie Alvarez if McGregor vs. Ferguson is next

First reported by Denis Geyko of RT Sport, the UFC has booked their the first ever fight card in Russian Federation at Moscow's Olympiyskiy Stadium. He said that he was preparing Barboza for Khabib.

Dagestan native Nurmagomedov put himself back in the lightweight title picture last month in the co-main event of UFC 219.

It remains to be seen if the UFC brass would really go through with that given that McGregor is by far and away their biggest, most powerful star, but one person who believes they will is color commentator Joe Rogan.

The 29-year-old did so by registering a unanimous decision victory over Edson Barboza, who is regarded by many to be the most unsafe striker in the 155lbs.

"Most likely, this event is going to be connected with us".

Khabib Nurmagomedov could take on Eddie Alvarez, if Conor McGregor's next step is a title clash against Tony Ferguson.

Now, ultimately this decision will be up to Nurmagomedov, in terms of fighting for an interim belt, but, clearly the pressure's mounting on McGregor to make a decision.

Earlier this week it emerged that Nurmagomedov wasinterested in taking on the former champion Eddie Alvarez in the event that a matchup with Ferguson or McGregor was not booked but now, his manager Ali Abdelaziz has let the world know that his client is putting his foot down. Rustam Khabilov and Islam Makhachev can also join. We appreciate everything the UFC has done for us, but it's time for a real a belt. "Plus it's very interesting for (Russian) fans".

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