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MMA SQUARED, Stories of 2019: Khabib, the Eagle, is an apex predator

Khabib only fought once in 2019 but his presence was felt throughout the year.

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The year opened up unceremoniously for Nurmagomedov, with the champ being offered a reduced suspension if he agreed to participate in an anti-bullying PSA.

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For the longest time it seemed like he could not let go of his hatred for Conor McGregor. Sniping over social media came to a boil in a twitter tirade that seemed to be squashed by UFC lawyers.

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Nurmagomedov seemed to move on when he became of the centerpiece of UFC 242 and set his sights on Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.

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The Eagle emerged victorious,

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And it appears that we will finally see Nurmagomedov defend his title against Tony Ferguson. There’s a part of me that feels like now is the best time. Nurmagomedov’s rivalry with Conor McGregor is mostly extinguished due to the thoroughness of his win.

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Let’s just keep our fingers crossed til April.

Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Chris