Khabib Nurmagomedov wasn’t interested in giving an in-depth response to one question from Stephen A. Smith.
Nurmagomedov is scheduled to take on Justin Gaethje in a lightweight title unification bout. “The Eagle” is the UFC Lightweight Champion, while Gaethje holds the interim gold. The two will clash on October 24 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Ahead of UFC 254, Nurmagomedov appeared on ESPN’s First Take. Stephen A. Smith asked Nurmagomedov about not wanting to give McGregor a rematch (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
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“A lot of times, particularly in the fight game, you talk about giving the people what they want to see,” Smith said. “One of the things I said last week talking about you, sir, was that you really, really don’t want to fight somebody like Conor McGregor again – primarily because you don’t like him and you think fighting him again gives him attention that you don’t believe he deserves. How accurate is that?”
Nurmagomedov kept his response brief.
“Right now, even I don’t want to talk about this (expletive).”
Back on October 6, 2018, McGregor defeated McGregor via fourth-round submission. The bout headlined UFC 229 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event drew the most PPV buys in UFC history at 2.4 million.
Nurmagomedov has amassed an undefeated pro MMA record of 28-0. Gaethje is riding a four-fight winning streak. He’s beaten the Tony Ferguson, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and James Vick in that span. All of those bouts have ended via knockout or TKO.