- MMA columnist for ESPN.com
- Analyst for “MMA Live”
- Coated MMA for Las Vegas Solar
Never insist by no scheme in fight sports activities, but it appears Khabib Nurmagomedov is carried out with Conor McGregor.
In an outlandish interview with ESPN, Nurmagomedov confirmed he nixed any plans of a reboot of “The Final Fighter” fact series in 2021, which would non-public featured McGregor and him as opposing coaches. UFC president Dana White published those plans to Barstool Sports lately, and Nurmagomedov explained why he shot it down.
“‘The Final Fighter’ with him is nice attention for him,” Nurmagomedov educated ESPN. “I invent now no longer desire to present him this. I by no scheme give him this. Despite the undeniable fact that they offer me $5 billion — even though they gave me the UFC — I by no scheme invent this. Here’s neutral correct attention for him.
“It be carried out. Every little thing is carried out Oct. 6, 2018 [the day Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor at UFC 229]. I enact him. I enact the entirety about him.”
Nurmagomedov (28-0) will protect his lightweight championship towards Justin Gaethje (22-2) at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Might perhaps simply quiet he take grasp of, the UFC has time and but again expressed hobby in booking a second fight towards McGregor, but Nurmagomedov has regularly been chilly to the postulate.
McGregor (22-4) is 1-0 since his loss to Nurmagomedov. He knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January and is in talks with the UFC referring to a attainable fight towards Dustin Poirier in either gradual 2020 or early 2021.
A rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor — providing, pointless to claim, Nurmagomedov defeats Gaethje later this month — would invent huge trade for the UFC, as it would perchance well perhaps pit two of its biggest stars towards one one other, in a matchup that has witnessed some infamously nasty blood. Suddenly after Nurmagomedov beat McGregor at UFC 229, he leaped over the cage to confront the Irishman’s corner internal T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For the second, nevertheless, it appears Nurmagomedov is attracted to correct about any build rather then McGregor.
“I had contemporary build in Dustin Poirier [in 2019] and now Justin Gaethje,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “We’ll test up on who it’ll be subsequent, but I invent now no longer mediate it’ll be Conor McGregor.”