UFC: Khabib Reveals Why He Turned Down TUF Role Opposite McGregor
Khabib Nurmagomedov is adamant that he is done with former foe, Conor McGregor. The UFC lightweight champion recently turned down the coaching role opposite the Irishman in the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Last Month, UFC president Dana White revealed that the promotion were working on bringing the TUF back with Khabib and McGregor serving as the two coaches. However, the UFC president said ‘The Eagle’ turned down the opportunity.
“I’ll Never Do This”
In an interview with ESPN (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Khabib explained why he rejected the prospect of a coaching role along side McGregor.
“This Ultimate Fighter with him, this is good attention for him,” Khabib explained. “I don’t want to give him this. I never give him this, even if they gave me $5 billion dollars. Even if they give me UFC [ownership], I’ll never do this. This is good attention for him.”
“I Finished Everything About Him”
The Dagestani born fighter beat McGregor when they went head-to-head at UFC 229 two years ago. ‘The Notorious’ has been asking for a rematch ever since, but as far as Khabib is concerned, he has nothing left to prove fighting Conor again.
“Done. Everything is done. October 6th, I finished him and I finished everything about him. I had new challenges – Dustin Poirier, now, Justin Gaethje. We’ll see who’s going to be next but I don’t think it’s going to be Conor McGregor,” Khabib said.
Khabib is set to defend his title against the interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, at UFC 254 on October 24th on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Do you think a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will ever take place?