Khabib Nurmagomedov has told Conor McGregor to fight someone ranked in the top 10 before even thinking about a rematch.
McGregor was choked out by the UFC lightweight champion last October and has not fought since, while Nurmagomedov will defend his belt against Dustin Poirier on Saturday.
And the champion as told his Irish rival to get in line when it comes to another title shot.
“I don’t think this fight can happen,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN.
“This guy has to come back and make nine or 10-(fight) win streak, then we’re going to fight.”
“People who watch this interview, maybe they think, ‘Oh he thinks about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for a million dollars, this guy is gonna take this fight.
“Come back and show who you are. Fight with Justin (Gaethje), fight with (Al) Iaquinta, fight with Tony (Ferguson).
“Fight – just show up. When (did) he win last time? Three years ago. And this guy wants to fight for the title? No, it’s not happening.”
McGregor’s rivalry with Nurmagomedov has been one of the most bitter in combat sports’ history.
And the Russian believes they will never make peace.
“Even [the October fight] did not finish it,” he added.
“Just to smash people is not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team, ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war; this is not about a fight.’
“It will never be finished, ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent.
“It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this – they go to hospital and we go to police. That’s it.”
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