Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to Michael Johnson’s offer to fight

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrates his victory over Pat Healy (not pictured) during their Lightweight bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Khabib Nurmagomedov just wants a fight already. After losing out on Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz as potential opponents, it seemed that no one wanted to fight Khabib. Dana White himself said that Diaz turned down the fight, a claim Diaz denies, and that no UFC Lightweight wants to fight Nurmagomedov.

Since Dana’s statement, Michael Johnson and Jamie Varner have both offered to fight Nurmagomedov if the UFC is willing. Today, Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Johnson:



It seems that both men are willing to fight, and the matchup makes sense. Johnson is coming off arguably the most impressive UFC performance to date in which he knocked out Lightweight stalwart, Gleison Tibau, in round 2. After the fight, Johnson was campaigning to fight Nate Diaz, but the fight never gained traction.

Nurmagomedov is 21-0 in his career, including five straight dominant victories inside the Octagon. He was briefly linked to a fight with Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170, but the bout fell through. Would a win against Johnson garner him the title shot against Anthony Pettis? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA.