Khabib Nurmagomedov makes it clear. At the press conference recently held in Krasnodar, Russia, “The Eagle” was asked about the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone fight scheduled for January 19 (AEDT) in Las Vegas. The reigning UFC lightweight champion said “it’s the second league. Who wins there is not interesting”.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) makes the third defense of his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson (25-3) in the headliner of pay-per-view fight card scheduled for April 19 (AEDT) in Brooklyn, New York.
UFC President Dana White recently said that if McGregor and Nurmagomedov are successful in their respective bouts, they might be facing one another in the rematch “pretty soon”.
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“I am surprised that Dana White says that if their guy [Conor McGregor] wins and if I win Tony Ferguson, he will fight me in the rematch,” Khabib Nurmagomedov said (via RT Sport).
“Well, who is going to fight – it’s me who is now making the decision”.
Conor McGregor (21-4) is scheduled to face Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) in a five-round welterweight bout, which headlines UFC 246 fight card.
“To meet me [in the rematch] he first needs to cut weight down to 70 kg, and do the same what I’ve done to fight for the belt – the ten-fight win streak. Then we will think about the rematch.”
“But now, winning the second grade fighters, who lose seven out of ten fights, and fight at 77 kg and earn [a shot at] the belt at 70 kg… While I am here, it’s not going to happen. So everything is good, don’t worry,” he concluded.
In his first fight with Conor McGregor in October 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title via submission in Round 4.