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Norman Parke wants Khabib Nurmagomedov next: No one is going to rag doll me about

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UFC lightweight Norman Parke revealed that, with a win on Sunday night, he would be interested in a match-up against Dagestan’s Khabib Nurmagomedov.

While the focus this Sunday night is on Conor McGregor and his contingency from the Republic of Ireland, one Northern Irish fighter is also on the card and determined to make his presence felt on fight night.

Norman Parke, who is scheduled to face Gleison Tibau on the main card of the UFC Fight Night event in Boston, is confident that he can maintain his undefeated streak in the octagon, and already has plans for another fight once he puts Sunday night behind him.

"I know there is one lad that people don't want to fight, the Russian lad - the one that wears the wig."

Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undefeated Sambo specialist from Dagestan, has been sidelined for several months patiently awaiting a clean bill of health to resume hard training. He injured his knee ahead of a match-up with Donald Cerrone and has since been forced to sit on the sidelines and rehabilitate the injury.

While Parke is aware that Nurmagomedov is near the top of the food chain and awaiting a title shot, he believes the sidelined fighter will need a warm-up fight before he is ready to face lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.

"He is a great Sambo guy but he also has great judo. People underestimate judo in this sport. Best example is Ronda Rousey - she dominates everyone with her judo. I've got great judo but I've never, ever shown it in the UFC.

"I feel like nobody wants to fight the Russian, like they're dodging him. If I get past Tibau, that would be perfect. No one is going to be rag-doll me about."