Khabib Nurmagomedov Surprised He’s Being Asked About Conor McGregor Rematch

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Khabib Nurmagomedov fails to see why he’s still being asked about a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov is scheduled to put his UFC lightweight gold on the line against Tony Ferguson on April 18. The title bout will serve as the main event of UFC 249. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY will play host to the event.

Khabib Wonders Why He’s Still Asked About McGregor

Nurmagomedov spoke to reporters during a press conference in Russia earlier today (Feb. 4). During the presser, Nurmagomedov said he’s focused on Ferguson, not McGregor (h/t MMAJunkie.com).

“I have a fight on April 18 – a very serious fight,” he said. “For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight. I feel great.

“What’ll happen after the fight, no one knows. I don’t worry about it. That’s what (the UFC) want. I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight.

“Everyone saw what happened in the octagon (against McGregor). I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him. He even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is, do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson.”

Nurmagomedov has a submission win over the “Notorious” one. It was a fourth-round victory back in Oct. 2018. This was “The Eagle” first successful title defense. McGregor is coming off a 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

UFC president Dana White plans to book McGregor against the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson. Time will tell if that plan comes to fruition.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Clearly Dana wants this fight because “money” and as always, is more than willing to allow the golden goose to cut the queue in order to ensure he gets the payday and strikes while the iron is hot. In reality Conor beat a guy who was already on a 2 fight skid and at a different weight class so it is a no brainer that he really needs to fight an actual contender before a rematch would actually be justified. It is also clear that Justin is the perfect next fight for Conor. If he can get past him (at 155) then we can say he actually deserves a title challenge. Until then, the two best lightweights in the world in Khabib and Ferguson are about to throw down. This is the fight true fans of mma should be most excited about.

  2. I hope khabib continues to rub salt in dana’s face by turning down a rematch and all the money in the world all for a title fight with gaethje

  3. Even if Khabib loses to Tony in his next fight, he will still the top 3 contender, Conor hasn’t won a fight in that division these last few years. And considering, his latest bout with Khabib wasn’t as controversial as the first Woodley vs Wonderboy, it was a one-sided slaughter from Khabib. At the moment, Conor doesn’t deserve a rematch with Khabib in any possibilities

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