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‘He Smoke Too Much’ – Russian Lightweight Slams Nate Diaz After Scoring Brutal One-Punch KO

Russian lightweight Mairbek Taisumov scored his fifth straight stoppage win on Saturday night in Rotterdam, rendering Brazilian Felipe Silva unconscious with a single right hand after just one minute and twenty-four seconds of action.

It’s been an impressive run by Taisumov, but it hasn’t really garnered him the attention that he might feel he deserves and he is still languishing outside of the top 15 in the lightweight rankings. (Although, this win, combined with the lack of consistent activity and poor form shown by current number 15 Gilbert Melendez, might see Taisumov creep into the rankings when they are altered later this week.) Perhaps the reason for this is the dearth of recognizable names and quality opponents on Taisumov’s UFC ledger. The streak has seen him end the unbeaten runs of two fighters, Silva and Alan Patrick, but neither are big names. Marcin Bandel, Tony Christodolou and Damir Hadžović, his other three recent victims, aren’t familiar to many outside of the most hardcore fans either.

Following his win on Saturday night, however, Taisumov claimed that the shortage of big names on his record is down to a lack of willing foes in the upper-echelons of the division.

“I say this before, and I’m going to tell this again: I’m here not to talk, I’m here to smash, smash anyone who steps into the octagon with me,” said the fighter. “I need top 10 (opponent). I need top 10. Anyone. These guys don’t want to fight me. I ask all top-10 fighters; nobody want to fight me. I am five finishes in a row, all knockouts, TKOs. Hey, UFC, Sean (Shelby), I think I deserve that(via MMAJunkie).”

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Taisumov then took aim at some of division’s biggest names, including the painfully inactive Nate Diaz.

“Michael Chiesa, he say if I beat someone else he wants to fight me,” Taisumov said. “But since I finish three guys in a row, he doesn’t answer anymore. Anthony Pettis, he says I’m not famous enough to fight me. (Nate) Diaz says he’s the best, Nate Diaz is the best; he says if UFC pays him $20 million he’s going to fight me in my home country, but I think he smoke too much.”

It was a smart little promo from Taisumov. With Diaz seemingly only interested in a lucrative trilogy fight against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, it’s unlikely that this fiery rant will lure the Stockton native out of dormancy, but the mere mention of his name will bring attention upon Taisumov.

A bout with Pettis also seems unlikely in the near future, as ‘Showtime’ is booked to face Dustin Poirier in November. Chiesa, however, is not currently on the schedule and with most of the other fighters in the top 10 already booked, he might be forced to look beneath him in the rankings for potential foes.

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