Khabib says '99 per cent' of fans know he would beat McGregor

‘If we talk about money, it’s good… a real championship fight? Not good!’: Khabib Nurmagomedov says ‘99%’ of fans know he would beat Conor McGregor in rematch

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor by submission in October 2018
  • Rumours of a rematch have been fuelled after McGregor won last month
  • But Khabib is more focused on his legacy and winning titles than money
  • The Russian is next due to face Tony Ferguson in New York at UFC 249 in April

Khabib Nurmagomedov insists he would beat Conor McGregor in a UFC rematch and believes ’99 per cent’ of fans know that. 

Khabib famously defeated McGregor in October 2018, in a fight which ended with a brawl between both camps in the Las Vegas octagon. 

McGregor returned to MMA in spectacular style last month, beating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone inside one round and according to UFC president Dana White wants a rematch with Khabib – but the Russian is not so keen, as he wants to focus on titles. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov says ’99 per cent’ of fans know he would beat Conor McGregor again

McGregor returned to UFC after over a year out by beating Donald Cerrone inside one round

Khabib Nurmagomedov (Record: 28-0-0)

Nate Diaz (21-11-0) 

Jorge Masvidal (35-13-0) 

Justin Gaethje (21-2-0)

Colby Covington (15-1-0)

Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, boxing)

‘I think people want to see us continue what happened last time,’ Nurmagomedov told TMZ

‘They just want to see drama. If you ask people, “Guys, what do you think, who’s gonna win?” 99 per cent going to say “Khabib, like he did first time.” Just people want to see a big drama show, only for this one.

‘If we talk about money, this is good. If we talk about drama, this is good. If we talk about real lightweight contender or real lightweight championship fight, this is not good. This is not a real championship fight. 

McGregor was forced to tap-out during the first fight between the pair in October 2018

‘But if we talk about drama and money, of course this is good. But I come here for show, to make my legacy. For my legacy, I have to beat tough opponents like Dustin Poirier, like Iaquinta, like other guys. 

‘Right now it’s Tony Ferguson. I have to beat all of them, like real contenders, not fake contenders.’

Khabib has not fought in the octagon since September, when he beat Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242. 

Khabib is due to face Tony Ferguson in April, fighting for the first time in eight months 

UFC president Dana White has revealed McGregor only has eyes for Khabib Nurmagomedov

He is due to face American Ferguson, at UFC 249 in New York in April, as he looks to preserve his undefeated record.  

There has been rampant speculation regarding the identity of McGregor’s next opponent following his 40-second demolition of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone last month. 

Yet it seems the Irishman only has eyes for the Russian, with White telling BT Sport: ‘I don’t know [about a third fight with Diaz being next]. He’s focused on Khabib. He wants the Khabib fight.’

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