‘He’s NOT focused and drinks too much… he doesn’t deserve my attention’: Khabib Nurmagomedov slams UFC rival Conor McGregor for his behaviour outside the Octagon and vows he will NEVER get title shot again
- Conor McGregor is plotting his return to UFC after retiring from MMA in June
- Rival Khabib Nurmagomedov believes the Irishman does not deserve a title shot
- Khabib beat McGregor at UFC 229 in 2018 and the Irishman wants a rematch
- The Russian claims the 32-year-old Irishman drinks too much to be at the top
- McGregor revealed the 2018 defeat to Khabib was down to drinking too much
Khabib Nurmagomedov claims that Conor McGregor does not deserve the Russian MMA fighter’s attention because he ‘drinks too much’ and is ‘not focused’.
The Irishman has been trying to arrange a rematch with Khabib since the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion beat him comfortably at UFC 229 in October 2018.
McGregor retired earlier this year though is plotting a return to the Octagon in 2021, but Khabib has rejected the notion of taking on the ‘Notorious’ again and has vowed to ‘forget about him’.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) says Conor McGregor (L) drinks too much and is not worth his time
Khabib brutally claimed he will ‘forget about McGregor ahead of the Irishman’s return to UFC
Khabib told Yahoo Sports in a video interview: ‘Conor McGregor, I beat him already. Why (do) I have to fight with him?
‘He has to come back and be busy. Tell him be busy and that’s it. I don’t think he’s ever going to deserve this title shot because he’s not focused, drinks too much, smashes old people – he don’t deserve my attention.
‘Like, coaching with me on Ultimate Fighter or something like this. Forget about him.’
McGregor retired for the third time in four years back in June of this year after UFC president Dana White was not able to arrange fights between him and one of Khabib or Tony Ferguson.
Khabib (right) beat McGregor (left) in their high-profile UFC 229 encounter in October 2018
Khabib (above), known as the ‘Eagle’ believes McGregor does not deserve a title shot again
And while the 32-year-old could take on the challenge of boxing for the second time in his career following his high-profile Floyd Mayweather fight in 2017, McGregor has agreed to take on Dustin Poirier, Khabib’s last opponent, in late January.
McGregor would still relish taking on Khabib, who is still undefeated in his career, and the MMA legend blamed his 2018 defeat to the Eagle for drinking too much, as he was downing Irish whiskey in the run-up to the fight.
McGregor admitted in January of this year: ‘I was drinking all bleeding fight week. I had venom in me or something.
McGregor admitted he drank too much whiskey in the build-up to the 2018 defeat to Khabib
‘I had people holed up in a hotel and I would ring and arrange a fight, they would come to the gym and have a full-blown fight with no headguards.
‘I’d have a war, win and knock the guy out and go off and celebrate and come back in three days. I wasn’t doing what I should have been doing; I’ve made mistakes and I’ve been man enough to admit them.’
McGregor’s loss to Khabib two years ago was the fourth defeat of the Irishman’s MMA career, while Khabib is still undefeated in 28 contests.