BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Khabib Nurmagomedov has the UFC lightweight belt around his waist, and he has a message for former champion Conor McGregor.
After Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 to win the title, he spoke to reporters and explained why McGregor can’t hide from him anymore.
“I’m here,” Nurmagomedov said. “He wants to become lightweight champion? He have to fight with me. Now, no more of this old ‘fake champions.’
Nurmagomedov also expressed his desire for a potential fight against McGregor to be heavily promoted.
“I hope he’s going to fight (me),” Nurmagomedov said. “We have to fight. Make world tour. Everywhere. Like Tokyo, Moscow, Dublin, Los Angeles, Rio. Big world tour. Promote this fight and fight end of the year in the biggest arena in the world, Madison Square Garden. Why not? Or maybe in Zaire or the Philippines. Doesn’t matter.”
That said, Khabib made it clear that a fight and victory over Georges St-Pierre would be more satisfying for his legacy than a win over McGregor.
“When I talk with my father one year ago, he told me his dream fight would be me versus Georges St-Pierre,” Nurmagomedov said. “He is greatest athlete who ever compete in UFC. Middleweight and welterweight champion. And I hear he wants to come and fight in 155, take this belt, make history and become UFC three-division champion. Why not? Me versus Georges St-Pierre.”
While both fights would be highly anticipated, it’s pretty clear that a Khabib vs. McGregor bout has the potential to smash UFC records, especially after all of the chaos that happened between both fighters this week.
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