Conor McGregor has been accused of ducking high-level opponents by bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor returned to the octagon last month when he stopped Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in his first fight since losing to Nurmagomedov in 2018.
The Irishman is in talks to take on Justin Gaethje this summer but his long-term goal is a rematch with the lightweight champion who defends his belt against Tony Ferguson in April.
Nurmagomedov, however, claims his old foe has to prove himself before a title challenge.
"'Cowboy' always loses all his main-event fights, always," he told TMZ. "I don't remember when he win. In the last 10 fights, I think he's lost six or seven times.
"He's not high-level lightweight or welterweight right now. He's not. Of course, he has a big name but his time is finished.
"Conor [needs to] pick very good opponent. Now he come back and beat 'Cowboy,' who lost seven times in his last 10 fights, and then they talk about this guy coming back.
"No, he has to fight really tough opponents like Justin Gaethje or something like this. He has to come back to lightweight division. He has to cut welterweight, and this is just my opinion.
"I think he [is] just ducking tough matchups. Not only just Justin Gaethje, he's just, 'Who's gonna to be my next fight? I need this fight.'
"Of course, he can because he's big star, but anyway, let's talk about me, let's talk about my next fight."
McGregor has said he will be ready to step in should either Nurmagomedov or Ferguson pull out of their New York title fight.
The fight has been scheduled four times in the past but has fallen through on each occasion.
Should it go ahead, however, McGregor is likely to be sidelined until July with a fight against Gaethje the most likely outcome.
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