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Morning Report: Conor McGregor says he’s interested in fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia next

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A few weeks ago, UFC President Dana White suggested that after lightweight champion Conor McGregor gets done boxing Floyd Mayweather, he’d like to return to the UFC and take on No. 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. Even more impressive than wanting to fight a man many perceive to be McGregor’s toughest test though, White said McGregor wanted to do it in Nurmagomedov’s home country of Russia.

White made mention of this again during the MayMac media world tour and after things were all said and done, McGregor confirmed his interest in the bout when speaking to BT Sport.

“That’s certainly an option that I’m exploring. That would be a spectacle. It’d be like something out of Rocky. I suppose this whole story is like a Rocky story, right? So why not face a man in his home country, and a crazy place like Russia. It’s certainly something I’d like to do. There’s a couple of options on the table so let’s see what unfolds.”

Nurmagomedov began calling for a bout with McGregor after dominating Michael Johnson at UFC 205 last year, but when McGregor took some time off for the birth of his son, Nurmagomedov agreed to face Tony Ferguson for an interim title belt. That bout never came to fruition though as Nurmagomedov was hospitalized before weigh-ins. Still, Nurmagomedov is an enormous star in Russia, and if McGregor has become accustomed to only taking part in enormous spectacles, the UFC offers few other fighters capable of delivering on one so grandiose.

Logistics of holding an event in Russia aside, there is one other snag with McGregor facing Nurmagomedov. There has been rampant speculation that after his bout with Mayweather this summer, McGregor will never return to the UFC, and if he does, he may be on the shelf for a while after taking on the Herculean task of boxing Mayweather. But McGregor says don’t worry about any of that because he’ll be back to defend his title in no time.

“I believe so. I believe I’ll come out of this fight without a scratch. [Take] a couple weeks to refresh my jiu-jitsu and my wrestling - not that I’ve stopped training that either, I’ve still kept up on that, just less - and then we’ll see what happens.”

McGregor faces Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, Nev.


MUST-READ STORIES

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Eye poke. Gunnar Nelson says an uncalled eye poke led to his knockout loss.

Wrong. Dana White says Mayweather, McGregor have not gone too far with “verbal warfare.

Next. Cris Cyborg believes Holly Holm could be next for her after UFC 214.


VIDEO STEW

Rewatch (or peep for the first time) one of the best fights of the year.

And UFC hitting you with some free fights as well.

McGregor interview after the Friday presser.

LFA 16 highlights.

DJ on TMZ.

One of the best knockouts of the year.

TTTHS.


LISTEN UP

Three Amigos. An important interview with a neurologist talking about weight cutting and head trauma.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Fight Night Glasgow.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

He did and he turned in his best performance.

Real stumper.

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If this is real, I can’t imagine a more idiotic thing.

So he’s coming for the food?

Khabib still hinting at UFC NY.

This would be awesome.

Rumor has it

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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FINAL THOUGHTS

For a card that was written off by a lot of people (justifiably), Fight Night Glasgow was a really fun, violent event. The only bad thing about Glasgow was Bofando got robbed of a POTN bonus but other than that, great card. And the rest of the weekend wasn’t too bad either. Campos-Girtz on Bellator was legitimately one of the top 3-4 fights of the year. So all-in-all, a great weekend. Let’s hope this one coming up is just as good.

Take it easy y’all and see you tomorrow.


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