Khabib Nurmagomedov was positively terrifying at UFC 219

Khabib Nurmagomedov was positively terrifying at UFC 219

The fight started at an incredible pace as Nurmagomedov rushed out the blocks and looked to cramp Barboza with space.

Khabib Nurmagomedov famously wrestled a bear cub as a child.

While Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg battled it out in a tight main event in which the latter would eventually win via decision, plenty of eyes were focused on Khabib Nurmagomedov's battle with No. 4 ranked lightweight, Edson Barboza.

Edson Barboza is one of the most thrilling strikers on the rosters.

As a result, two judges scored the fight 30-25 in favor of the Russian, with one scoring it 30-24, for a unanimous decision in the ninth fight that has gone the distance for the native of the small mountain village of Sildi in Dagestan.

And Nurmagomedov did not disappoint, dominating his opponent for three rounds and winning by unanimous decision, proving the skeptics wrong and showing once again that he is one of the most risky fighters in the UFC lightweight division. He come to lightweight and fight one time, and he's real champ...this is a little bit insane I think.

While it would only make sense for Conor McGregor to have a title unification bout with current interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in his next octagon appearance, that may not be how things play out.

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"If the UFC gives me one more hour rest I can fight Conor or Tony no problem". I think, lot of people can beat him.

Nurmagomedov's health has been far from a given, though.

And what about fighting Ferguson and McGregor the same night? "The Eagle" said as much in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan as Nurmagomedov made it clear "El Cucuy", not Conor McGregor, will be his next point of focus.

"I don't know about these guys", Nurmagomedov said. "My problem is my No. 1 enemy, injuries, because I train so hard". I'm not training like other UFC fighters. "This is a little bit insane, I think".

Khabib Nurmagomedov returned to action at UFC 219 and put on one of the most dominant and impressive performances of his career. He pulled no such stunt Saturday, instead joking that he didn't expect McGregor to come back until he "spends all his money". He was visibly annoyed all week about questions about his weight, since he had issues during his weight cut for a planned bout against Ferguson in March at UFC 209 that had to be canceled when he was taken to the hospital.

And Nurmagomedov believes Ferguson and McGregor only want to talk about him when he is unable to compete.

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