Ever since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last year, all Conor McGregor has done is talk about his desire to run it back.
But according to Khabib himself, “Notorious” doesn’t really want the rematch based on what he saw in their first outing.
“Honestly, I don’t think he wants that fight,” Nurmagomedov said during a Q&A in Russia (thanks to RT Sport for the quotes).
“I beat him up for four rounds. I beat him and choked him and he tapped. It was a sign he didn’t want to be there. ‘Let me go please’ and all that. Now he wants a rematch,” he added/
Of course, Conor has gone on record to say that there were a few things he could have done better in the first fight, and vowed to fix them for the next one. Before that happens, tohugh, Khabib says Conor has to win a fight.
“He has to earn it. We’re in the fourth year since his last victory. In order to fight for the title, I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC, not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC,” he said.
“In ever fight I earned it not with my mouth, but with my actions. That’s where we’re different. He talks about it, I do it.”
Before McGregor gets his chance to face Khabib again, he will have to wait and see how “the Eagle’s” title fight against tony Ferguson plays out in the first quarter of 2020.
As for Mcgregor himself, he will have to get through his opponent on January 18, 2020, as he expected to make his long-awaited return to MMA against Donald Cerrone. Though the fight has yet to be confirmed.
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