Khabib Wants To Make McGregor Beg For Title Shot
Ever since the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was made official for UFC 223, there were questions over what belt the two would actually fight for.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, in an interview witho TMZ Sports claims Ferguson and Nurmagomedov will be fighting for the “undisputed” title and that Nurmagomedov might call it a career in MMA soon after.
“On fight night, Khabib will fight for the undisputed lightweight belt,” declared Abdelaziz.
“My demands have been fulfilled. I can give a sh*t what everybody asks, what everybody’s saying. I don’t care if Conor’s stripped [or] not stripped. I know that April 7, Khabib will fight for the lightweight belt and Conor’s belt will go in the trash.
“We’re gonna beat Tony. We’re gonna stop Tony in three rounds. Khabib’s probably gonna retire undefeated because he’s gonna beat Conor, he’s gonna beat Tony, and he’s probably gonna say ‘Bye-bye.’”
Nurmagomedov is undefeated as a pro and has nine consecutive victories inside the UFC. And while that record is extraordinary, he has yet to fight for a title. The only time he was set to battle for a belt was in 2017 against Ferguson for the interim lightweight belt, but was hospitalized for a bad weight cut prior to the fight. He rebounded with a dominant win over Edson Barboza at UFC 219, and will now face Ferguson for the interim belt while the UFC decides what to do with Conor McGregor and his undisputed championship.
If McGregor is to be stripped of the title and Nurmagomedov claims the title, Abdelaziz says Nurmagomedov is going to make McGregor “beg” for a title shot.
“Khabib said he’s gonna make the motherf**ker wait,” said Abdelaziz. “That’s what he told me, word for word. ‘When I beat Tony, Conor’s got to get in line or he can go fight Nate Diaz or somebody and make some money.’ [Khabib] said he’s gonna make the division right. At the end of the day, he said Conor’s gonna have to beg.
“On April 7, El Cucuy’s gonna get an ass-whooping and maybe Conor, maybe we’ll give him a crack. You see all his b**ch-ass coaches saying ‘Oh, Conor will knock out Khabib in the first round.’ Motherf**ker, you should have fought Khabib when you were supposed to fight him, when you said you wanted to fight him in Russia!”
McGregor previously showcased some interest in fighting in Russia, Nurmagomedov’s home nation, but nothing ever came of it. Instead, McGregor took 2017 off with the excepition of boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. last summer. With McGregor angling for a return to MMA and Nurmagomedov impressing in his last showing, trash-talk between the two camps has fired up again Abdelaziz concludes by lambasting McGregor and his team.
“All these dudes come out of the woodwork saying, ‘Conor would beat this guy’ but Conor’s a b**ch,” said Abdelaziz.
“Let’s be real. Conor only fought guys he can beat. This guy’s such an attention whore he posted this, ‘Oh, I’m gangster.’ He’s the farthest thing from being a gangster. He’s not. He’s just a lucky mother**cker. He’s promoted himself very well, and good for him. Every bit of money he made, he earned. I respect in in this aspect but as a fighter I don’t respect him because the best fighters in the world should fight the best and he never fought the best