Conor McGregor Says War With Khabib Isn’t Over But Doesn’t Wish Him Harm
Conor McGregor feels there’s unfinished business with Khabib Nurmagomedov but perhaps things aren’t as intense between the two as they once were.
The history between McGregor and Khabib is well-documented. Back in April 2018, McGregor and his entourage attacked a bus holding UFC 223’s red corner fighters, including Nurmagomedov. This was in retaliation to Khabib and his team confronting Artem Lobov in a hotel lobby.
McGregor ended up challenging Khabib for the UFC Lightweight Title in October 2018. Khabib earned the fourth-round submission victory. After the fight, a brawl ensued between members of both camps.
During the UFC 257 pre-fight press conference, McGregor responded to UFC President Dana White’s claim that Khabib is waiting on the UFC 257 performances to see whether or not he will ditch retirement (via MMAFighting.com).
“I don’t really care. He did not say that, Dana said that. Let’s just get through the fight. All these men are up here, there’s plenty of challenges. It’s a tough business. Things have gone on in his personal life, I don’t wish him any harm. Like I said, it was in 2018, a lot of time has passed.
“The world knows this fight is not over. The war is not over. The sport needs it to happen. The people need it to happen. I’m not going to chase it if he doesn’t want it. That’s it. I’ll keep my calm and move on. That’s what I’m doing. I’m back here at the 155-pound division. I’ll show the world what’s what over time and that’s it. It begins on Saturday night against Dustin Poirier.”
McGregor is set to take on Dustin Poirier in a rematch on Saturday, January 23. The lightweight tilt will headline UFC 257 inside Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.