Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov recently revealed that the camp would not be opposed to a rematch against Conor McGregor, as long as “Notorious” agrees to fight in Russia.
Something the Irishman is very open in doing, as he called for the rematch in Moscow soon after Khabib defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
Book my rematch for Moscow.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2019
“If McGregor wants it, then Moscow is waiting for him,” he said on YouTube channel ‘Zhivina100’ (translation via RT Sport). “He said once that he has more fans here than Khabib. We want to host him in Moscow, he is welcome – we are waiting.”
Of course, before Conor and Khabib fight a second time, Khabib has to get through Tony Ferguson, the man many expect to face “The Eagle” next.
“But before McGregor we should finish our business with Ferguson,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov admitted.” Because he had 28 fights, and runs a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC, just like Khabib. Such winning streaks and such big fights have never happened in the UFC,” he added.
As far as when Khabib is expected to make his return to defend his Lightweight title, it seems it won’t happen until early 2020.
“So I think Madison Square Garden is a good place for this fight, but we won’t fight earlier than March.”
Upon hearing the news of Team Khabib’s desire to run it back in Russia, Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh took to Twitter to offer a subtle response:
I'd love to visit Moscow
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 3, 2019
The bright side is that it seems UFC won’t have any trouble staging a do-over in Russia, as both parties seem to be on board.
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