Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has had his say on a potential rematch between the lightweight champion and the man he defeated at UFC 229, Conor McGregor.
McGregor and Abdelaziz did not quite see eye to eye in the lead-up to the first fight with the former calling the latter “a f–king snitch, terrorist and rat.”
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Abdelaziz outlined that despite Khabib’s rather convincing victory, a fourth-round submission of McGregor, the Dagestani fighter could be tempted into a rematch with the Notorious One for the right price.
“Maybe, whole bunch of money get on the table, maybe there’ll be a rematch, maybe we’ll give a rematch to the guy we just killed.”
If the pair do fight, he added: “I really want to see [Conor] drink his own blood.”
Abdelaziz continued by outlining that he felt McGregor “embarrassed himself” with his inability to back up his trash-talk against Khabib.
“He talked a lot of s–t. He didn’t back it up. Embarrassed himself in front of his whole beautiful country of Ireland, his father, his mother, his wife.”
He also claimed that following Khabib’s victory over McGregor, the lightweight champion surpassed his foe in terms of status and is now a “global superstar.”
“Come on, man! You have a guy meeting with [Russian president Vladimir] Putin and [Turkish president Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. And, the other guy selling liquor on the corner store. It’s not even in the f–king same planet,” he concluded.
This war of words will surely grab McGregor’s attention and there’s no question that a rematch with the Notorious One would certainly be the most lucrative fight that Khabib could take.
There has been rumours as to Khabib’s next move with some reports suggesting a fight against Georges St Pierre could be on the cards as well as the talk of a highly unlikely bout himself and Floyd Mayweather.