Lightweight contender Al Iaquinta believes that Conor McGregor does not deserve an immediate rematch with 155lb king Khabib Nurmagomedov, and feels that he should get a bout with the Notorious One as he looks to climb back into title contention.
Iaquinta was defeated by Khabib at UFC 223 but stepped in to fight the Dagestani native on short notice, losing via a decision in a fight which he gained many fans’ respect for his gutsy performance.
“Raging Al” then went on to impressively defeat Kevin Lee to climb up to fourth in the lightweight rankings and namechecked who he would like to fight next, with one of his options being McGregor.
Speaking to the media following UFC on ESPN+ on Saturday night, Iaquinta outlined that despite the rumours of an immediate rematch between Conor and Khabib, nothing the Crumlin native did in the first fight deserves a rematch.
“Him getting a rematch off the bat is just, money talks, but let’s be serious,” Iaquinta said. “Nothing he did that night (at UFC 229) warrants a rematch.”
Iaquinta then went on to explain that although he looks up to McGregor for what he’s done, he doesn’t feel like the former two-weight world champion would be able to handle what he would bring inside the cage.
“You’re going to see that switch in his face when he realizes he’s in there with a bad (expletive), and somebody that he’s going to have to kill to get out of there” Iaquinta said.
“And I don’t think (McGregor) is willing to die. He’s got a lot of money. He’s got a lot of other things going on. And to put it all on the line in the cage when you got all that stuff? I look up to him. I look up to him for what he’s done, but I’ve got something that he doesn’t have and no money can buy that. He’ll never have it, and I hope I get that fight because I know what I can do against an opponent like that.”