Khabib Nurmagomedov wants three fights before calling it a day, and a rematch against Conor McGregor isn’t one of them, nor is Nate Diaz included.
A rematch versus Conor McGregor? Nope. Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he doesn’t deserve another shot after submitting him at UFC 229.
He feels the same way about Nate Diaz. The UFC lightweight king reckons people have forgotten about Stockon’s favourite son.
“But right now, if you guys ask me, of course he (Conor McGregor does) not deserve a title shot rematch, Conor, because he lose, he tapped,” he told Submission Radio via Bloody Elbow.
“It wasn’t a close fight. I dominated everywhere, in every aspect, and I beat him. Like a told, I smashed him. Why we need a rematch?
“People forgot about (Nate Diaz). That’s why he tried to be on media, like, try to trash talk me and something like this. We all know about him. How many time he lose? Like, 12 or 11? Like, everybody, all top fighters beat him.
“Like, Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, dos Anjos, Conor. Everybody beat him. Like, forget about him.”
So, who does the Dagestan phenom want to fight next?
Well, he’s named three fights he wants before retiring and some are very fascinating, some not so.
“I don’t know (about retiring) right now. But why not maybe St. Pierre, Ferguson and Mayweather?” He added.
“It will be these three guys and we can retire and become the greatest athlete of all time.”
We like Tony Ferguson as an opponent. Georges St-Pierre would be an interesting match-up, too, and a bout fans could get behind.
The less we talk about Floyd Mayweather vs. Nurmagomedov the better.
“Georges St. Pierre is a very big name. I like an opponent who is a very tough opponent and he’s a little bit bigger than me. If we’re gonna fight, we have to fight at 155, because 170 is his weight and he’s gonna be a little bit bigger than me.
“And for me it’s like a smart decision taking him to 155. And yes, he’s a very big challenge for me. Like, for my legacy, he’s a very good match-up for my legacy, for fans, for money, for everywhere now.
“I don’t know about his future, about his plans, but I respect him. In my opinion he’s the greatest athlete who ever competed in the UFC, because he’s a champion inside the cage and outside the cage too. And we’ll see. But if you ask me about Georges St. Pierre and St. Pierre, of course I’m interested in this match.”
The 30-year-old tries to justify calling out Mayweather.
“If you talk about like if I’m gonna compete with young lions in boxing, of course it’s gonna be very tough for me. Like, even if you talk about Canelo or Golovkin, these guys are dangerous. But Mayweather now is old, 41, 42 years old. You know, but he’s a very big name.
“If we can take very big fish, why not? A lot of people don’t understand about age, about when you did in competition. Like, they think, ‘oh, Mayweather and that’s it,’ or, ‘Conor and that’s it’.
“They don’t know what’s inside. We can take everything what they have. You know, all his 50-0, we can take this because he’s too old, too small.”
Khabib vs. Mayweather? Please, combat gods, stop this freak show from happening.
I think it’s safe to say fight fans want to see Khabib vs. Ferguson booked. Make it happen, Dana White.