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The ongoing saga between Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon.
The pair met at UFC 229 in October of 2018 in a fight “The Eagle” comfortably won when he eventually submitted the Irishman in the fourth round. The fight itself was overshadowed by the post-fight brawl that involved both camps.
Since that infamous night, McGregor has been on a mission to get a rematch against the champ, with no luck.
During a recent fan Q&A session, Nurmagomedov claimed that McGregor is all talk and doesn’t actually want to step inside the Octagon again considering what he did to him in the first fight (via RT Sport):
“Honestly I don’t think he wants that fight,” Khabib said in a fan Q&A session. “How is that so? I beat him up for four rounds. I beat him and choked him and he tapped. It was a sign he didn’t want to be there, ‘let me go please’ and all that. And now he wants the rematch,” Nurmagomedov replied.
The undefeated lightweight recently said for McGregor to earn a rematch he would have to win 10 fights first. While that number is clearly unrealistic, it represents the number of fights Nurmagomedov had to get through in the promotion before getting his shot at the belt.
The 31-year-old then took a dig at McGregor and said the difference between the pair is that he goes out and gets the job done, whereas the Irishman is all talk and no substance.
“First of all, he has to earn it,” Khabib said. “We’re in the fourth year since his last victory. It’s been three years and now we’re in the fourth. In order to fight for the title, I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC. That’s not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight, I earned it not with my mouth but with my actions. That’s where we’re different -- he talks about it, I just do it.”
“It’s nice for me, because even when I keep quiet and even when I don’t say anything people can weigh it up for themselves. ‘Hang on, this guy talks and this guy just acts.’ Just talking is one thing, but when it comes to doing it, he’s completely different. So for me there are no kind of announcements or insults. He’s an idiot. We don’t pay attention to idiots,” he concluded.