UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was last seen in action in the main event of UFC 242, defeating former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier to become the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion.
While Nurmagomedov’s next bout has yet to be announced, one fighter that wouldn’t mind facing him is former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
“He’s a beast,” Woodley said during a UFC Fight Night Vancouver Fan Q&A (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “I just think that right now in my life and my career, I need the impossible. I need the stuff that nobody can do, I need the thing that’s gonna motivate me beyond measure and I think that he provides that. Obviously, I could never make 155. I’m already kind of alluding to handling business at welterweight and going up to middleweight. It would have to be something at a catchweight, it would have to be something that he would be interested in. He’s on top of the world right now, I might not even be an option for him. It’s more out of respect of what he can do. I know Dustin, he spars middleweights, light heavyweights, and for him to go out there and put on a performance like that against Dustin, I gotta see what it feels like.”
Nurmagomedov has yet to reveal any interest in moving up a weight class, so a potential bout with Woodley may be highly unlikely. If Woodley were to magically find a way to make the lightweight weight limit and challenge for the title, it would give him the opportunity to be just a handful of UFC fighters to win two separate belts in two different weight classes.