Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He’ll Never Coach TUF Opposite Conor McGregor
Khabib Nurmagomedov was linked to canceled plans to have him coach opposite Conor McGregor on The Ultimate Fighter and he has responded.
McGregor recently drew the ire of UFC President Dana White. The “Notorious” one released private text messages with the UFC boss, revealing plans that fell through. White described it as one of the dirtiest things a fighter could do to his promoter.
White admitted that the UFC was working on having Nurmagomedov and McGregor serve as opposing coaches on a season of The Ultimate Fighter. Nurmagomedov spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to address those plans and as expected, he didn’t have a favorable response (h/t Middle Easy).
“This Ultimate Fighter with him, this good attention for him. I don’t want to give him this. I would never give him this. Even if they give me $5 billion. Even if they gave me UFC, I would never do this. This is good attention for him. (It’s) done. Everything is done. October 6th I finished him and I finished everything about him. I have new challenge, Dustin Poirier and now Justin Gaethje. We will see who is going to be next, but I don’t think it’s going to be Conor McGregor.”
Nurmagomedov will be in action on October 24. He’ll put his UFC Lightweight Championship on the line against Justin Gaethje, who holds the interim gold. The title unification fight will headline UFC 254 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
McGregor could be facing Dustin Poirier a second time. The fight has been offered by the UFC. White says it’s up to McGregor when it comes to making the fight a reality.