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Pettis on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s injury: He got a little taste of his own medicine

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Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis explains his recent comments towards the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's recent knee injury is the latest in an alarming trend that has forced the UFC to reconsider how they may be able to circumvent such a high turnover rate for their events in the future. However, for Anthony Pettis, Khabib's injury is nothing more than karma for his antics.

"He was talking big crap when I was injured, how I was a paper champ and scared to fight people," Pettis told "Injuries happen man and there is nothing you can do about them. He got a little taste of his own medicine.

Khabib initially injured his knee ahead of a match-up with Donald Cerrone back in 2014 and has since been forced to sit on the sidelines and rehabilitate. During that time, Khabib craftily maintained his spot in the headlines by constantly calling out then-champion Pettis and referring to him as "scared."

Then, just months after it was announced that Khabib would return to the Octagon at UFC 187 against Cerrone, the Dagestani standout injured his knee once again. On last Thursday's edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed that Nurmagomedov was scheduled to undergo surgery on his knee and would be sidelined for anything between 4-6 months. Khabib's father was also quoted saying Khabib will not be ready to five for another five months following the surgical procedure.

"He probably didn't wish injuries (to happen to others) but when you talk about injuries and other people when they are hurt, it happens to you. That is why I said it to him."

While Pettis does not wish injury upon Khabib, he does believe the Dagestani needs to find humility in order to better himself.

"I don't wish injury on him. I hope he gets better and if he is one of the best in the lightweight division we should see it coming up in a couple of months. He needs to quiet down a little bit, humble himself and focus on getting better."