Khabib: McGregor Has To Earn Another Shot Against Me
Ahead of his UFC lightweight title defence against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov recently spoke to BT Sport (as transcribed by MMA News). Where as you can imagine, the topic of Conor McGregor came up. And more specifically, whether or not the Irish man deserves a rematch.
“[He] have to deserve. I have to keep winning, he have to deserve, and that’s it. It’s gonna happen. But right now, I’m not interested in this fight. For what? He tapped. If it was like we go all distance or if it was a close fight, maybe. But right now, I finished this business. If you want a new business, deserve this.
“Right now, not only Dana make decision. I’m here, too. They have to listen to me. Because right now, I’m champion. And I know what I deserve, I know what opponents deserve. Right now, Dustin and Tony on the line. Other guys? Nobody deserve. Even if you talk about people who deserve, Conor is not on the list. He have to deserve.
“Last time he win, 2016. We talk about fight for the title, being best in the world. Please deserve. Come back and fight with someone and deserve this. No problem. But right now, a lot of tough and good opponents who have good win streak, they deserve.”
Khabib’s thoughts on McGregor needing to earn a rematch are echoed by most fans and there is no doubt that Tony Ferguson deserves the next shot at the 155lbs title. But as we all know, money talks in the world of the UFC. And obviously if Poirier beats Khabib at UFC 242, that will really bring a fresh look to the UFC lightweight division.
In their first fight at UFC 229 last October, Khabib submitted McGregor in the fourth round.
Who do you think Conor McGregor needs to beat to earn another shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov?