Conor McGregor made his long-awaited and successful return at UFC 246 last January by defeating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.

Despite his impressive win, not everyone seemed to be impressed.

That includes Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor’s biggest rival in UFC.

During a recent interview, the lightweight champion of the world downplayed Conor’s win by saying that Cerrone is not the same fighter he once was.

“Cowboy always lose all his main event fights, always,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports. “I don’t remember when he win. The last 10 fights, I think he lose six or seven fights. He’s not high-level lightweight or welterweight right now. He’s not. Of course he has big name, but his time is finished.”

According to Khabib, Conor is picking his opponents carefully in order to get on a win.

In his opinion, McGregor needs to go back down to lightweight to face top contenders. like Justin Gaethje.

“Conor picked a very good opponent,” Nurmagomedov continued. “Now, he come back and beat Cowboy, who lose [seven of his last 11 fights] and then they talk about, ‘Okay, this guy’s come back.’ No, he has to fight with really tough opponents like Justin Gaethje or something like this. He has to come back to lightweight division, he has to cut weight. This is just my opinion.”

A fight between McGregor and Gaethje was briefly rumored for this summer. However, Justin’s management team shot down that fight, as did Gaethje.

Nevertheless, should Tony Ferguson somehow bout out of UFC 249, Conor could be fighting Nurmagoemdov sooner, rather than later.

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