Conor McGregor’s legal matters appear to be all resolved, and with that, talks have picked up for a long-awaited showdown between the Irish superstar and his rival, current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
At a Q&A with fans prior to the UFC Calgary ceremonial weigh-ins, Nurmagomedov fielded a number of question regarding the match-up. The tension between the two fighters has been brewing for so long after a number of events over the last two years, ranging from McGregor supposedly stealing Nurmagomedov’s title shot at UFC 205, to words traded during McGregor’s time away from the Octagon, all the way up to the incident in Brooklyn prior to UFC 223 — where McGregor threw a dolly into a bus transporting a number of UFC stars, including Nurmagomedov.
None of it has left Nurmagomedov’s mind, and he plans to make McGregor pay with slow suffering when the two finally collide.
“My plan is [to] make him fight. Make him fight, make him tired, and make him give up,” Nurmagomedov said. “I don’t want to finish him early. I want to make him pay, about all things, what happened. You know, I can’t believe enough we’re finally going to fight. I can’t believe. Wait to sign, wait on where we’re going to fight.”
McGregor pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, and must complete community service and anger management but will get no jail time — a controversial court ruling, with many in the MMA community feeling McGregor got off too lightly. Sometime later, McGregor tweeted out a message that said “Calvary, Canada.” The tweet has since been deleted.
According to Nurmagomedov, the tweet prompted a step-up in security presence at the UFC’s event in Calgary tonight.
“If you have [a] problem with somebody, why you need come with 30 people and with [a] camera?” Nurmagomedov said. “UFC called me, ‘Hey, we need you, we have to talk with you,’ and my manager go talk with them. They say we have to give you couple security guys, because [McGregor] put tweet, and after, he delete. After court he put tweet about, ‘Calvary, let’s go to Calgary.’ Hey, why you need cavalry? Come alone and send me location and that’s it.”
Nurmagomedov added that he doesn’t feel McGregor deserves a title shot because of his actions; and if it were up to him, he’d award the title shot to the winner of the UFC Calgary main event between former champion Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.
But, if forced to fight McGregor, Nurmagomedov promised the former two-division UFC champion will have no chance against him.
“If I try to take him down one time and he defends very good, I’m going to try to do this 100 times,” Nurmagomedov said. “What he going to do? He don’t have conditioning, he don’t have wrestling, he don’t have grappling. When he tired, he don’t have heart. What happen? He have only very good left hand. I agree with this, he have very good left hand. But what he going to do?
“I’m going to cut this angle and try to take him down 100 times, and it’s going to be different fight. People think, okay, if Khabib going to fight like I fight versus Iaquinta, okay, he can beat me. But you have to watch all my fights, all my 10 fights, it’s all different.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting