UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has ruled out a potential rematch with Conor McGregor even if The Notorious One defeats Donald Cerrone in January.
The pair met in October 2018, with Khabib successfully defending his 155lb belt against McGregor, winning in the fourth round via submission.
McGregor will make his return to the octagon in January as he takes on the veteran Cerrone in a welterweight bout, but he may still be looking ahead to a rematch with the lightweight champion.
UFC president Dana White recently outlined that, should McGregor get past Cerrone, then a rematch will happen providing Khabib can successfully defend his title against Tony Ferguson in April.
Khabib though, has outlined that he feels McGregor does not deserve a rematch and that he must win “ten fights in a row” before the undefeated Dagestan native will even think of giving him a title shot.
“I think Cerrone has lost seven or eight of his last 10 fights and the other one (McGregor) is going into his fourth year with no victories, ’ said Khabib in quotes reported by TalkSport.
“It’s like the minor leagues – it really doesn’t matter who wins there.
“I’m surprised that Dana White is saying that if Conor beats Cerrone and I beat Tony Ferguson that there will be a rematch. I decide who I fight next.
“To fight me he has to cut weight first, down to 70kg, and then win 10 fights in a row like I did, then we’ll think about a rematch.
“But for now he can fight second-rate fighters who lose seven out of 10 fights at 77kg, but to think he deserves the lightweight belt… well I’m champion so that won’t happen, don’t worry.”