Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to be having none of UFC President Dana White’s claim that a rematch between him and Conor McGregor could happen in 2020.
McGregor is scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 246, taking on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight showdown. It will be McGregor’s first action in the UFC since losing the infamous UFC 229 lightweight title main event battle with Nurmagomedov.
While both McGregor and Cerrone are fan favorites among the MMA community, Nurmagomedov doesn’t see the hype in the fight. In fact, when asked to make a prediction during a press conference in Russia, he said he couldn’t care less who got his hand raised.
“I think Cerrone lost seven or eight of his last 10 fights [actually six],” Nurmagomedov said. “The other one is going into his fourth year of no victories.”
It’s like the minor leagues — it doesn’t really matter who wins there.
In fact, while White says a win over Cerrone — despite that being a welterweight fight — would earn McGregor a rematch with Nurmagomedov he has desired, the champion feels the former two-division champ has a long way to go before he would consider such.
“I’m surprised that Dana White is saying that if Conor beats Cerrone and I beat Tony Ferguson, there will be a rematch,” he said. “I decide who I’m going to fight next. To fight me he has to cut weight first, down to [lightweight], and win 10 fights in a row like I did. Then we’ll think about a rematch.”
Original Story: MMAJunkie