Patricky Pitbull feels underserving Usman Nurmagomedov only got a title fight because of his last name alone


Patricky Pitbull feels underserving Usman Nurmagomedov only got a title fight because of his last name alone

Pitbull feels Nurmagomedov is underserving of a title shot

Patricky Pitbull is set to make the first defense of his Bellator lightweight title against undefeated fighter Usman Nurmagomedov. However, if you ask Pitbull, there is no other opponent less deserving of the honor. Recently, the Brazilian gave an interview to MMA Junkie, where he revealed his true feelings about his upcoming opponent.

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Pitbull won the lightweight championship against Peter Queally in a rematch where he won by TKO in the second round. A 23-fight veteran in the organization, the 155-pound Bellator MMA champion feels that his opponent has been handed the opportunity to fight for the title based on his last name alone.

“I’m very happy to fight with him, I’m ready for anything, I don’t think he deserves this title fight, he (received the title shot) because he has a big nickname, Nurmagomedov”, said Pitbull as he revealed his thoughts about his upcoming opponent.

Another reason why Pitbull felt this way was because Usman Nurmagomedov hasn’t faced many opponents in the top 10. “He hasn’t fought anybody,” declared the Brazilian.

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Does Usman Nurmagomedov’s record warrant a title shot against Patricky Pitbull?

Usman Nurmagomedov x Patricky Pitbull
Nurmagomedov celebrates his most recent victory over Chris Gonzalez

Usman Nurmagomedov has had a distinguished career up to this point, going 15-0 with four of those victories coming in Bellator. At 24, he has the opportunity to become the third youngest fighter to capture a Bellator title.

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Currently, he ranks #15 in the Bellator lightweight rankings, and hence one can see why Pitbull takes offense to having someone so low on the rankings challenge for the title. His most notable win as of now is against 9-2 fighter Chris Gonzalez.

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However, Nurmagomedov isn’t alone in his camp facing this kind of criticism, as the same has been laid over Islam Makhachev. The 155-pound UFC fighter himself will be challenging Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title around the same time. It will be interesting to see how things pan out for the Russian duo.

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