Khabib Nurmagomedov, the 'Dagestani Eagle' is at the peak of his career and after two back-to-back successful title defences against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 229 and UFC 242 respectively, the UFC lightweight champion is expected to face Tony Ferguson in his next fight. No wonder Nurmagomedov is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the division and he mauls his opponents. However, there is a lightweight contender who claims that he possesses the ability to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov from his undefeated MMA record. The number 15 ranked Charles Oliveira is currently on a six-fight win-streak and he wants to face Nurmagomedov, only to make him feel what defeat tastes like.
Well before you rule out the possibility instantly, Charles Oliveira has finished off all of his last six opponents which include two knockouts and four submissions. The Brazilian holds an MMA record of 28 wins and eight losses. Ever since losing to Paul Felder at UFC 218, he went onto achieve a six-fight win-streak against some of the best fighters of the roster including the likes of Jim Miller, Clay Guida and Jared Gordon in his last fight on November 16. The Brazilian has now fixed his eyes on the 155lbs title and he feels that he can take it away from Khabib.
In a recent interview, Charles Oliveira said that Khabib Nurmagomedov has been beating everyone at the top but all those victories came up against stand-up guys. Oliveira feels that his superior Jiu-Jitsu skills can impose a threat on Khabib. The Brazilian also said that he is not afraid to take the game on the ground against Khabib, where the lightweight champion is most comfortable since he is Khabib’s anti-game and also claimed that he is better than Khabib Nurmagomedov in stand-up. “I think if I win two more fights, maybe I can have the opportunity to fight him (Khabib Nurmagomedov)" said the Brazilian martial artist.
After Khabib vs Tony Ferguson takes place, former double champ Conor McGregor expressed his urge to fight the winner but Khabib has ruled out the possibility. According to Khabib, Conor McGregor needs to win 10 fights in a row if he wishes to face him once again in a re-match. The first encounter between them did not go well for the Irishman as Khabib choked him out in round four of the UFC 229 main-event fight.