While UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is still waiting on the Nevada Athletic Commission to levy punishment for inciting a brawl at UFC 229, the world waits for Nurmagomedov to reveal who he will be fighting next. Tony Ferguson, Floyd Mayweather, and Dustin Poirier have all been mentioned as possible opponents, and while Nurmagomedov doesn’t know yet who he will face, he seems to be certain who he won’t be fighting: Conor McGregor.
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Nurmagomedov said that his team is of different minds about who he should defend against next, but that McGregor is not on his radar right now, despite his coach, Javier Mendez, suggesting they rematch.
“I have a big team . . .and everybody thinks a little bit different,” Khabib said. “If you talk about it, my father thinks different, Javier thinks different, my management thinks different. But when the athletic commission makes a decision, we’re gonna sit with my old team and make a decision what I’m gonna do next. But right now, if you guys ask me, of course he not deserve a title shot rematch, Conor, because he lose, he tapped. It wasn’t a close fight. I dominated him everywhere in every aspect and I beat him. Like a told, I smashed him. Why we need a rematch?”
As for who he would like to fight, Tony Ferguson seems like the man next in line but Nurmagomedov is still hopeful for a fight with the man he calls the greatest to ever step into the cage: former middleweight and welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.
“Georges St. Pierre is a very big name,” said Khabib. “I like, an opponent who is a very tough opponent and he’s a little bit bigger than me. If we’re gonna fight, we have to fight at 155, because 170 is his weight and he’s gonna be a little bit bigger than me. For me it’s like a smart decision taking him to 155. He’s a very big challenge for me. Like, for my legacy, he’s a very good match-up for my legacy, for fans, for money, for everywhere now. I don’t know about his future, about his plans, but I respect him. In my opinion, he’s the greatest athlete who ever competed in the UFC, because he’s a champion inside the cage and outside the cage too. We’ll see.”
There’s another name that has kept popping up since he beat McGregor though. Last year, McGregor teased a fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the two have gone back and forth in the media about a potential fight. In the aftermath of McGregor’s unsuccessful crossover into boxing, MMA fans seem to have soured on the idea but that hasn’t stopped Khabib from thinking about the fight, or thinking that a win would solidify his legacy.
“He’s old now,” Khabib said. “If you talk about like if I’m gonna compete with young lions in boxing, of course it’s gonna be very tough for me. Like, even if you talk about Canelo or Golovkin, these guys are dangerous. But Mayweather now is old, 41, 42 years old. You know, but he’s a very big name. If we can take very big fish, why not?
“A lot of people don’t understand about age, about when you did in competition. Like, they think, ‘oh, Mayweather and that’s it,’ or, ‘Conor and that’s it’. They don’t know what’s inside. We can take everything what they have. You know, all his 50-0, we can take this because he’s too old, too small, and it’s gonna be smart decision for my future, for legacy, for money, for fans, for everywhere.”
That really seems to be the driving factor for Khabib now. Nurmagomedov’s father has said his son will retire by 30 to preserve his health, and Khabib turned thirty in September. If that decision holds, “The Eagle” is looking to stick the landing and cement himself as the GOAT.
“I don’t know right now,” Khabib said. “Why not maybe St. Pierre, Ferguson and Mayweather, it will be these three guys and we can retire and become the greatest athlete of all time.”
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Well F*#% that didn’t go as planned. Sorry to all my fans that I didn’t get to show all my hard work. Tough one to swallow having the fight taken from me like that. But I need to lead by example for my son and practice what I preach, brush my self off and pray that I get the chance to do it again.
Unlucky T.J on your attempt at Champ Champ™️ status.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
Respect for your weight cut. I have been there and it is not easy.
Unlucky Henry on your attempt at fastest K.O in a UFC title fight.
I have been there, and I still am.
Congrats on the win.
The O.G Champ Champ.
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
Lmaoo you would take #14 over #4 you bird ass— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 20, 2019
Damn bro you really do live in the past huh https://t.co/eXZDMlipUx— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) January 20, 2019
Handling it well.
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Congratulations @cowboycerrone. You taught me something invaluable in defeat. Perhaps the best/worst thing that ever happened to me was a 42 second knockout debut. I go into every fight feeling untouchable and expecting a repeat of the same occurrence. I prepare myself in the moments prior for an execution in the first round and not a fight. I need to learn to fight. I need to address my approach. I brought the fight to Cerrone and where he made adjustments, I did not. Experience is a costly bitch. Thank you @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby for an amazing opportunity and belief in me. I will not let this go in vain. The triumph of adversity is what makes a man and defines legends. I will be be back. And you will know I mean what I say next time you see me. This is good pain.
Someone who actually had something stolen on Saturday night.
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To who ever it is who stole mine and one of my coaches fight bags at the Barclays center tonight. Could you please just return my wallet and my mouth guards? If you stole the bag for some memorabilia, that's cool you can keep that if you want, but id really like my wallet and mouth guards back. I REALLLLLY don't want to go to the DMV
Some things are better left alone. pic.twitter.com/fNNcvcOXze— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 18, 2019
Daddest Man on the Planet teasing his return.
What a horror show.
Mike goes on a journey here.
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I been healing up , getting all healthy and people been callin me out. Against management I’d like to respond to a couple uh you knuckleheads. Surgery coming. I’m reducing the size of my balls and I won’t know the healing time but I’d like to return to the octagon before May. So first @mickeygall talks shit on thanksgiving while driving his Honda Accord to his pot dealers house (illegal but they leave him cuz he smoke reggie) And the worst part about a fight with @curtiouscurtis170 is he looks at me like I’m a pretty white girl named Michelle It is not my decision which of these board the pain train I plan to roll in on. It is YOURS ! THE PEOPLE ! I was thinking a third mystery option rather than the 2 @ufc Whitebelts I just mentioned. Maybe a famous Brazilian out of respect for the country, the sport and all my jitsu brothers here at home. Can you think of who you would want to see me risk my beautiful face against in what could be my LAST #UFC fight........ #Platinum
I'm going to get one of those weird new belts wrapped around my waist this year.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 19, 2019
If you don’t want things “stolen” from you, don’t get skated three times in 30 seconds. Stoppage was fine. Hopefully now we can stop with this nonsense and have some order at 135 again. For the last two years it’s been in a holding pattern despite having a half-dozen deserving challengers.
Thanks for reading, and see y’all tomorrow.
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