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Nurmagomedov admitted to Helwani that he still wanted “smash” Cerrone, although he reiterated that he believes he is already the division’s No. 1 contender after Gilbert Melendez, explaining that if dos Anjos beat both Cerrone and Henderson “100-percent,” then he beat dos Anjos “200-percent” due to the lopsided nature of their contest.
The injured 25-year-old also had words for UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, an opponent who he characterized as “easy money” with “no good wrestling, no good defense.”
The two lightweights have traded numerous barbs in the past, and indeed Nurmagomedov’s injury has done little to slow the animosity from mounting over the past few months. Of late, Pettis has taken to repeatedly mispronouncing Nurmagomedov’s name. It’s a slight which Nurmagomedov vowed to rectify once his knee heals.
“He does not know how to say my name,” Nurmagomedov told Helwani. “Next year, he will know how.”