The “Just Bleed” fans are in for a treat – the blood and broken bones sort of treat, as grappling ace per excellence Khabib Nurmagomedov has promised to make his interim lightweight title tilt at UFC 209 with Tony Ferguson an extremely thematic affair.

The Russian has threatened to give “El Cucuy’s” face a new makeover (facial reconstructive surgery gone wrong). But that’s not all, “The Eagle” has promised to soar into the distance with the streaking fighter’s mangled arm in tow.

The reasoning behind Nurmagomedov’s intentions to inflict grievous bodily harm (GBH) upon his combative contemporary is simple – a lack of R.E.S.P.E.C.T – a characteristic he feels Ferguson lacks in abundance.

So, for his shortcomings in the department of veneration, Nurmagomedov has elected to teach the 32-year-old a harsh lesson – re-enact the finale of Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (watch here at the 13 minute mark).

Per MMAFighting (h/t FOX Sports):

“If you watch when I fight dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, Darrel Horcher, these guys are my opponents but he’s a little bit different than other guys. I want to break his face because I want to teach him respect. When I fought with Michael Johnson, when I took his arm for the kimura, I can break it but I go very slowly, be careful because I don’t want to give him injury. Because I understand [the] fight was finished. I need only to go a little bit slowly and he tapped.

“If Tony Ferguson gives me this arm, I’m going to break his arm like Frank Mir- [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira.”

These two cats have been going at it back-and-forth even before the fight was announced. So, expect verbal brimstone and fire as the days and weeks draw closer.

Nurmagomedov, ranked No. 1 in the division is undefeated in his pro MMA career, and 8-0 in the UFC. Conversely, number two-ranked Ferguson holds a nine-fight win streak. When they do eventually tangle in the Octagon, (save for a draw; perish the thought), someone’s win streak is going to go, and mobile casino sites are going nuts.

With bad intentions festering in the mindset of Nurmagomedov, 28, the AKA resident still respects Ferguson’s skillset. Nonetheless, Nurmagomedov is supremely confident his all-around game will trump that of Ferguson’s, thus enabling him to capture the interim lightweight belt.

“Yes he’s an impressive fighter. He all the time fights, UFC gives him ‘Performance of the Night’ but he never fights with fighters like me. He all the time fights with striking guys like dos Anjos, Josh Thomson, [Edson] Barboza, these guys are all striking guys. I am a completely different fighter. He has to stay ready because I’m going to do what I do all my life, all my career. I’m going to do.

“He has to change something. Because he has to work takedown defense, he has to work to get up, he has to work to defend my ground and pound. He never had to do this — now he has to do this. Because if you don’t do this, I’m going to break his face, finish him maybe a kimura, break his arm so he has to stay ready.”

Still, once Nurmagomedov has derailed Ferguson’s quest for gold, he will next set his sights on ending the reign of sitting 155-pound champ Conor McGregor, if and when he returns to the division following the birth of his first born child.

“I have fight March 4, I’m going to take this belt. After March 4, fight with Conor, finish both of them and you can’t become like this. I have. 26-0, 10-0 in the UFC, UFC lightweight undisputed, undefeated champion. This is crazy but I can do this.”

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Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell