Khabib Won't Do ‘TUF’ with Conor McGregor: Not ‘Even if They Give Me $5 Billion’

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 13, 2020

Khabib Nurmagomedov has no interest in a reality TV gig opposite Conor McGregor.

The reigning lightweight champion confirmed a recent statement made by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, that he vetoed the possibility of coaching a season of “The Ultimate Fighter” against the Irish superstar.

"'The Ultimate Fighter' with him is good attention for him," Nurmagomedov told ESPN. "I don't want to give him this. I never give him this. Even if they give me $5 billion -- even if they gave me the UFC -- I never do this. This is good attention for him.

"It's done. Everything is done Oct. 6, 2018. I finish him. I finish everything about him.”

After months of bad blood, Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their 155-pound title bout at UFC 229 on that aforementioned date. After his victory, the Dagestani jumped out of the Octagon to confront McGregor’s corner, prompting a melee that resulted in fines and suspensions for both fighters as well as members of their teams.

The event itself was reportedly the best selling pay-per-view in UFC history, which is why the promotion has been interested in booking a rematch between the two rivals. Nurmagomedov is currently slated to meet interim king Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 headliner on Oct. 24, while the Las Vegas-based organization is targeting a rematch between McGregor and Dustin Poirier — though the latter is far from a done deal.

Regardless of what the future holds, Nurmagomedov doesn’t seem interested in a return date with McGregor at this point in time.

"I had new challenge in Dustin Poirier [in 2019] and now Justin Gaethje," Nurmagomedov said. "We'll see who it's going to be next, but I don't think it's going to be Conor McGregor.”


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