One problem first UFC the lightweight champion revealed on social media Wednesday that Khabib Nurmagomedov has “agreed to retire” with UFC as long as he does it to avenge the loss of his patron. Rafael dos Anjos has long lobbied for a rematch against Nurmagomedov, and he has even suggested in the past that he is ready to take on rising star Islam Makhachev for a spot against Nurmagomedov.
It looks like “RDA” is getting his wish, so it could be the UFC’s “Khabib Time” coming back to reality soon.
According to dos Anjos, it will be RDA against Makhachev on October 30 in Abu Dhabi, and RDA will get Nurmagomedov after that as long as he wins that match.
He posted, “I just received a response from the UFC that Islam has accepted to fight me October 30 5 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Khabib has agreed to retire to avenge the loss of his brother. afterward.”
Nurmagomedov defeated dos Anjos by decision in a three-round match back in April 2014.
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Nurmagomedov retired 29-0 but continued his MMA career as a coach
Nurmagomedov rematched 29-0 after defeating Justin Gaethje in the second round at UFC 254 in October 2020.
“The Eagle” is currently coaching Makhachev, one of the fastest-rising lightweight prospects in the sport, and he tells anyone and everyone who will listen to him that Makhachev is on his way to winning UFC gold in the tournament he once dominated.
In his final bout, Makhachev defeated Thiago Moises by submission in the fourth round of the main event of the latest UFC Fight Night post at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
It was another dominating performance from the 29-year-old Russian, and he has now won eight straight fights in the UFC.
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After his latest destructive win, Makhachev jumped to #5 in the UFC’s official 155-pound rankings.
However, Makhachev has yet to face a boxer as decorated as dos Anjos.
RDA, 39 years old, from Brazil, is currently ranked 7th in the group. He is a former champion, and his resume is filled with top names.
RDA defeated Paul Felder in his final teamfight. He’s won his résumé against the likes of Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis and Robbie Lawler, and he’s caged stars like Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Tony Ferguson, etc.
According to dos Anjos on Wednesday, he will be the boxer to get the next crack at Makhachev 20-1, and that will give the veteran a big chance to win against the undefeated Nurmagomedov.
If the RDA defeats Makhachev, Nurmagomedov will retire to fight another battle.
If RDA loses, and that is probably what Nurmagomedov is betting will happen if he agrees to return to the conditions RDA posted, he will be the biggest name on Makhachev’s record to date. .
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