In the ten months since Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor, both men have yet to step foot inside an Octagon.
For McGregor it was a mix of a suspension and a “retirement” that slowly turned into renegotiation, for Nurmagomedov, it was an even longer suspension coupled with the potential of losing his entire purse for UFC 229 because he incited a brawl between both camps.
“Even this fight finish, not everything is finished,” Nurmagomedov said of his feud with McGregor. “Just smash people it’s not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war. This is not about fight.’”
“It will never be finished. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent. It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this. If someone has to go to jail, they go to jail. . . They go to hospital and we’ll go to police. That’s it.”
While many, primarily McGregor and UFC President Dana White are interested in a rematch, Nurmagomedov feels like their issue inside the cage is finished.
“I don’t think this fight can happen,” Nurmagomedov said. “This guy have to come back and make nine- or 10-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight. Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, ‘Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.’ No. Come back and show who are you. Fight with Justin, fight with Iaquinta, fight with Tony. Fight. Just show up. When he win last time? Three years ago and this guy wants to fight for the title?”
”Dana [White], no need to call me. Why he have to call me about this fight? We talk with Dana sometimes, he’s a good guy, but don’t talk with me about this crazy fight. I want to fight real guys – Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don’t want to fight with a guy who never wins.”
Transcribed by MMA Fighting