Khabib has spoken publicly for the first time since his recent Twitter exchange with Conor McGregor – one that many consider to have gone too far on both sides.
Shots that bordered on dangerous were exchanged between both men in a move that seems to have re-ignited their tension – tension that now perhaps even surpasses the heat that was present post-UFC 229.
With that being said, there is very little chance of us seeing a rematch this year – both because of the dominance of Nurmagomedov’s win last October and due to the number of other viable matchups for each man.
The UFC will know that they could potentially surpass the record-breaking numbers of the first contest with Khabib vs. McGregor II – if it does ever come into fruition.
However, the fans will certainly have to feel as though its a fight that needs to happen organically.
Right now, despite all of this ongoing feuding, it remains a tough sell.
Speaking during a recent interview with RT Sport, Khabib gave his take on his great rival’s persona and his calculated approach to the use of social media.
“He wants to always be in the headlines. If you’ve noticed, after each UFC event, [he] makes comments. He praises those who win, or insults the others. This is his way of self-promotion, that’s how he makes headlines all the time. He knows what he’s doing.
“And I have no problem with that, he can say whatever he wants. But inside the cage he didn’t say anything. When I was hitting him in the face with my elbows and knees, he did not say anything. When I said ‘Let’s talk,’ he didn’t respond. And now, when he is thousands of kilometres away, he is saying things.
“That just shows what kind of lowlife he really is. When he was on the floor he didn’t speak to me, and that is what really matters.”
'That just shows what kind of lowlife he is’: Khabib responds to McGregor’s ‘insults’
— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) April 4, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena