Khabib: Dana Has To Stop Coddling Conor

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants Dana White to stop giving Conor McGregor special treatment. The UFC lightweight champion would say it in a less than kind way while on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show this week, prior to their showdown at UFC 229.

“Dana needs (to stop kissing his) a**,” Khabib said to Helwani. “This is what Dana needs. And that’s it. Because how Dana can say, ‘Hey, where is Conor belts?’ He don’t know what happened the last two years? Max Holloway, how many times Max Holloway defend his title?”

“He forget two years, if you don’t fight, UFC going to take your belt,” he continued. “And the UFC lightweight division had to move. Dana forget this? Hey, UFC has finally lightweight champion. Now we talk about Conor belt – he loses it. He lose his belt. He lose his mind, not only belt.”

Nurmagomedov may be the betting favorite heading into UFC 229, but feels that his bosses want the Irish superstar to walk out of Las Vegas with the lightweight title.

“Of course they want (him to) win,” he said. “I feel like, with me, UFC happy, too, because I have big name, too. But right now, I don’t talk about all people in the UFC. Some people want (him) to win. Of course. Because he have big name.

“They can make a lot of money with him. Why they need someone come to mount him and smash his face, crush his hype? They don’t need this.”

Initial Report: MMA Junkie

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