Khabib Nurmagomedov's Manager Says Nurmagomedov Looking to Return in September
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.22.2014
"They just need to get him the right offer."
MMAjunkie recently spoke with Mike Constantino, the manager of No. 4-ranked UFC lightweight fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. According to Constantino, Nurmagomedov is looking to fight again in September, and his client wants a top UFC opponent. Below are some highlights.
Constantino on when Nurmagomedov will ready to fight again: "Khabib is ready to go from September on. He had the Ramadan committed, so he couldn't accept any fights."
Constantino on Nurmagomedov being willing to fight anyone: "I was really hoping for Ben Henderson. He destroyed Rafael dos Anjos, then they gave him to Ben. What else is left for Khabib? He'll fight anybody. He made it very clear he'll fight anybody you put in front of him. I'm waiting to see what they have planned for him. My phone's not going to ring and you'll hear a ‘No' on my end. He'll fight anyone. Whoever they propose, he'll fight. I think he's clearly, clearly proven himself and that he's ready to move up in challenges toward the belt. He's undefeated for the length of his career and you'll see in the UFC, he has finished people. He has manhandled the guys he's won decisions on. Pat Healy, he picked him over his head and walked across the octagon and slammed him. RDA, he destroyed him. Thiago Tavares, he knocked him out. He's an animal. He deserves an opportunity to keep marching toward the belt."
Constantino on wanting Nurmagomedov to fight someone ahead of him in the rankings: "I would hate for it to happen. However, it is part of the nature of the beast. The reality of it is, those two fighters are both ranked behind Khabib. That's why it made sense to do Khabib and Ben Henderson. They're both higher ranked. You never want to take a step backwards in the rankings because then you put yourself into in a tough position. You always want to fight the guy ahead of you."
Constantino on needing the right offer for Khabib to fight: "I made it clear: Khabib will fight anyone; they just need to get him the right offer. The lightweight division is log-jammed, the champion isn't't active, so it's time to just get these guys fights and keep them moving."