McGregor slams Nurmagomedov for choosing to retire
Jan 17 2021
But, while talking about his rival's apparent retirement recently, McGregor took a couple of verbal pokes at the undefeated lightweight.
Afterward, McGregor congratulated Khabib on his win and offered his condolences once again.
In an interview with The Mac Life, McGregor pointed out Nurmagomedov's weight in retirement and in his final UFC bout, he said. If you think that I'm the same guy that fought Conor last time, you're out of your mind. You can't just scurry away from bouts.
McGregor said that Khabib was "scurrying away" from a potential rematch by announcing his retirement. McGregor's opponent, American fighter Dustin Poirier, is heading into the Octagon as the underdog, but is no jobber: Ranked second on the UFC lightweight roster, The Diamond has an impressive record of 26 wins and six losses and is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.
'I think that if his mother says no, it's no, ' he added.
'I feel it should be but I don't think Dana is going to be bouncing in to throw me a belt straight away with the way the year has gone.
What are the belts? I want to be bleeding with a minute off the first-round clock.
'You don't scurry away from fights but it's been a hallmark of his career; I was not surprised to see him scurry away'.
We'll see what happens. "I have in the past, and it's hampered me". They're going to be out there, and we're not trying to get rid of all of them.
Nurmagomedov has already defeated Gaethje, Poirier and McGregor, who are ranked #1, #2 and #4 respectively. But, he's not a huge, household name yet. But, GSP doesn't sound on board with dropping to 155 pounds.
But Nurmagomeov was fighting for the first time since the death of his father and lifelong coach Abdulmanap, whose heart condition had been exacerbated by COVID-19, and the man considered to be one of the best MMA fighters of all time said he wouldn't want to carry on without his father in his corner.
McGregor's rematch with Poirier won't be for the lightweight title, but the "Notorious" is expected to face a tricky obstacle in the form of Oliveira.