Conor McGregor is in line for a Lightweight title fight should he defeat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 18.
In fact, with a win, “Notorious” is on standby to fill in if either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson get injured prior to UFC 249.
Obviously, McGregor wants Khabib to win so he can get his rematch after losing to him at UFC 229 in 2018.
But according to the feisty Irishman, he isn’t too sure Khabib is eager to see him in the cage again.
“He is trembling. That man is trembling,” McGregor said when speaking to the Mac Life.
“He doesn’t want it. He doesn’t want it. You get it and he’s trying not to lose it again. I just smell sh*t. That’s all it is. He’s afraid and that’s it.”
“But everyone wants it. The boss wants it, Dana [White] wants it, we all want it. So he can run but he cannot hide. I look forward to it.”
Despite coming up short to Khabib, Conor finds solace in thinking he was winning the fight fight up until getting submitted.
“In my mind, round 1, I won round 1. I outstruck him 3-to-1,” McGregor said. “He had position on the mat but I outstruck him 3-to-1.”
“What did he do in that first round? Second round, look at the lackadaisical approach I had, he was just running around the outside of the cage and he caught that lucky shot and he had a great second round. What happened after that? I win the third round.”
“Even the opening exchanges in the fourth round. I was winning the fourth round up until that trip.”
For financial stakes and to appease fans, we all hope the stars align to see this much-desired do-over.
And if Conor comes in on his “A” game, he could be 155-pound champion once again, though he’ll have his hands more than fool in a few weeks.
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