Even though Conor McGregor is the UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t even consider him a mixed martial artist anymore.
In a story reported by Bleacher Report, the popular Nurmagomedov is done with the sport. “When’s the last time Conor compete in MMA? … Long time. He’s boxing guy,” Nurmagomedov said to TMZ Sports. “… I don’t think he gonna come back.”
Nurmagomedov is set to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 223 on April 7th, as McGregor lost fought in the UFC to win the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
With the reported $100 million dollars he made from fighting Floyd Mayweather, it seems by all accounts that McGregor is enjoying either a prolonged vacation of an early retirement.
Dana White has made it seem that he’d welcome back McGregor with open arms, but told MMA Junkie in January, he may be beltless upon return.
“If [McGregor] comes back in September, that’s almost two years. That can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything that he’s done for this company. Everybody knows that. I say it all the time. [But] the belt would have to move on. You do Khabib vs. Tony; we’re working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title.”
UFC has yet to officially strip McGregor of the belt.
Original Story: Bleacher Report