UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has outlined that his rivalry with Conor McGregor will “never be finished” despite his victory over The Notorious One in October.
The pair have been embroiled in one of, if not, the most heated feud in UFC history which does not appear to have ended with the now infamous UFC 229 main event.
Khabib soundly defeated McGregor via a fourth round submission after months of verbal exchanges between the two and upon winning the lightweight champion leapt over the octagon to attack the Irishman’s team.
This resulted in a brawl between both sides which led to a host of suspensions and soured the biggest fight in the promotion’s history.
Khabib returns to action for the first time since the infamous brawl when he battles interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Despite having his sights firmly set on the tough task that Poirier will no doubt pose, Khabib appears to be far from finished with McGregor.
Speaking in a sit down interview with ESPN, the lightweight king outlined that their feud, outside of the cage at least, is not over and that if they bump into each other on the street, they will fight.
“Even this fight finish, not everything is finished,” Nurmagomedov said. “Just smash people it’s not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war. This is not about fight.’
“It will never be finished. Ever.
Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent. It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this. If someone has to go to jail, they go to jail. . . They go to hospital and we’ll go to police. That’s it.”
Khabib outlined however that his journey with McGregor inside the octagon is over for now and that the Notorious One must earn the right to fight him again, with the likes of Tony Ferguson and Georges St-Pierre far more appealing to the lightweight champion.
“I don’t think this fight can happen,” Nurmagomedov said. “This guy have 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. Come back and show who are you. Fight with Justin, fight with Iaquinta, fight with Tony. Fight. Just show up. When he win last time? Three years ago and this guy wants to fight for the title?
”Dana [White], no need to call me. Why he have to call me about this fight? We talk with Dana sometimes, he’s a good guy, but don’t talk with me about this crazy fight.
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.”