Khabib Nurmagomedov admits hotly-anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor ‘makes sense’ – but only his old foe fights Dustin Poirier at lightweight… as he reveals bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Georges St-Pierre give him ‘good motivation’
- Khabib Nurmagomedov has not written off a rematch with foe Conor McGregor
- The Russian is preparing to defend his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
- Khabib said that is McGregor fights Dustin Poirier at lightweight they may fight
- He revealed bouts with Georges St-Pierre and Floyd Mayweather motivate him
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has not written off another fight with his old foe Conor McGregor.
The Russian fighter is preparing to defend his title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Saturday and add another victory to his flawless 28-0-0 career record.
However, Khabib revealed that he may have unfinished business with McGregor as their long-standing rivalry and hatred still burns.
UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov has not written off a rematch with Conor McGregor
Khabib said if McGregor beats Dustin Poirier at lightweight then a rematch ‘makes sense’
The Irishman was defeated by his enemy at UFC 229 after a fourth round submission as he tried to reclaim his lightweight title after it was stripped from him for inactivity.
McGregor is now preparing to return to the octagon and fight Dustin Poirier for the second time in his career with the bout looking to take place on January 23.
Khabib admitted he will be keeping an eye on McGregor but said that a rematch between the two of them will not be happening if he fights at welterweight.
He told the Mike Swick podcast: ‘If he beats him (Dustin Poirier) in 155, it makes sense. But if they fight in 170, how can you fight in 170 and then next fight be in 155.
‘They want to make everything easy. If you want to take it the easy way, you will never deserve another title shot.
The Russian is preparing to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
‘Remember before I fought him, I said ‘I am going to make you humble and I am going to put you on the line’ and now after 2 years people understand my words.
‘I am going to put him on the line and I am going to make the decision. If he fights 170, bye bye.’
Khabib has also been linked with two other names following his Gaethje bout, should he be successful, as he continues to pave the way as one of the greatest fighters on the planet.
Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has been one name considered as a future opponent for Khabib, with the Canadian looking at coming out of retirement.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has also been thrown into discussions, with a potential boxing fight on the cards for the MMA superstar.
Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre has been linked as a future opponent for Khabib
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has also been thrown into discussions over a super fight
Whilst the Russian remains focused on getting the job done against Gaethje on Saturday, he did explain that the potential fights with St-Pierre and Mayweather give him motivation.
He added: ‘Yes of course, those are two fights that give me good motivation. Honestly, I don’t know about Georges.
‘Whether he wants to come back or no but I think they are waiting for this fight too. I think Georges wants this fight and for him it is very interesting situation.
‘After my dominant week and this fight, and maybe this will give him good motivation to come back. Everything could change Saturday night.’