Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Conor McGregor Rivalry Will Never End

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor by fourth round submission in the main event of UFC 229.

Even though a rematch between the two isn’t on the books at this time, one thing Nurmagomedov believes is the rivalry will never end.

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“Even this fight finish, not everything is finished,” Nurmagomedov said to ESPN. “Just smash people it’s not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war. This is not about fight.’ It will never be finished. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent. It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this. If someone has to go to jail, they go to jail. . . They go to hospital and we’ll go to police. That’s it.”

The rivalry between Nurmagomedov and McGregor had gotten personal throughout the build up to and after the bout, with McGregor taking aim at Nurmagomedov’s religion and wife.

Nurmagomedov is willing to face McGregor for a second time, but he wants to see McGregor get a few victories first.

“I don’t think this fight can happen,” Nurmagomedov said. “This guy have to come back and make nine- or 10-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight. Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, ‘Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.’ No. Come back and show who are you. Fight with Justin, fight with Iaquinta, fight with Tony. Fight. Just show up. When he win last time? Three years ago and this guy wants to fight for the title?”

UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier is up next for Nurmagomedov, as the two will clash in the main event of UFC 242.

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