Khabib Nurmagomedov has challenged Conor McGregor to recapture his form and momentum before he considers granting him a rematch.
Khabib made his intense hatred of the Irishman clear – telling ESPN that he would ‘go to jail’ if it came to it in order to lash out at him, claiming that their beef ‘will never be finished’.
Citing fighters like his UFC 242 opponent Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Georges St-Pierre as guys he would rather fight than McGregor – he laid into his rival for his inactivity of late.
“I want to fight real guys. Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys.”
“I don’t want to fight with a guy who never wins.”
“This guy has to come back and make nine- or 10-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight.”
“Maybe people who watch this interview they think, ‘Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.’ No. Fight. Come back and show who you are.”
As things stand, Nurmagomedov is looking set to make a major splash upon headlining an event of UFC 242’s esteem in Abu Dhabi – which remains relatively unchartered territory for the promotion.
If he can pull off the victory over the in-form Poirier and move to 28-0, one would have to assume that he will find himself staring down one of the big names he mentioned.
And while the idea of seeing him take on Conor McGregor again may seem a bit pointless, considering the ridiculously lucrative nature of their first clash at UFC 229, who could blame the UFC for jumping on the opportunity to run it back?