Khabib Nurmagomedov: Lightweight King of the UFC?

Khabib Nurmagomedov has an undefeated 23-0 record and is setting his sites on becoming the Light Heavyweight king of the UFC. Photo Courtesy: YouTube.com
Khabib Nurmagomedov has an undefeated 23-0 record and is setting his sites on becoming the Lightweight king of the UFC. Photo Courtesy: YouTube.com

By Kyler Kuehler

Khabib Nurmagomedov added an epic victory to his MMA career at UFC on Fox 19 when he finished Darrell Horcher via TKO in round two after being absent for two years from the UFC octagon. He showed everyone that he still has plenty of prime left in him even after not competing for quite some time.

With such a great performance upon his return Nurmagomedov has remained undefeated and now sets his attention towards a title shot. It looks highly possible that he will claim a title in the near future. Fans of MMA are wondering if he is indeed the Lightweight King that the UFC has been seeking to find ever since the division was introduced to the UFC in 2001.

After all the UFC has had seven lightweight champions, but the current record of successful title defenses is three, which has been accomplished by B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. With the division being such a shark division since its arrival to the UFC it now looks to finally get a champion that will not only win the title in an unforgettable performance, but hold it the way champions like Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones did in their reign as kings of their divisions.

Here’s a video recap of his victory over Darrell Horcher:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0usdGx8FjDg

For all that Nurmagomedov has accomplished and how he competes when he steps in the cage against his opponents, he looks to be just that possible champion as he is very well equipped in striking and grappling as well as having great cardio to where he can outlast his opponents and always dominate them in every fashion he can. Not to mention he holds an impressive victory over the current Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos where he defeated him by a dominating unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 11 and there is no doubt that he would be able to do it again. It would only make sense for him to fight for the title against the winner of the dos Anjos vs. Alvarez bout scheduled in July. With a title fight against either of those two great athletes would surely make an even bigger name for himself, especially if he comes out victorious. This would give him more challenges that would help increase his skills and name to why he is not only “the lightweight king”, but the most dangerous of all the fighters in that division and why he should not be taken lightly when they finally come face to face with him inside the octagon.

If he is the lightweight champion we all have been waiting to see then they only way to prove it is for him to finally get that title shot he has been longing for and show everyone why he is the true king of the lightweights.