‘Book my rematch for Moscow’: Conor McGregor immediately calls out Khabib Nurmagomadov after Dustin Poirier fight… but he’ll only get his shot if Tony Ferguson turns down the bout
- Conor McGregor called out Khabib Nurmagomedov after he beat Dustin Poirier
- McGregor has not fought in UFC since Nurmagomedov beat him in 2018
- UFC president Dana White admitted that a rematch could happen
Conor McGregor is close to landing a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC president Dana White paved the way for Irishman to make a sensational return to the octagon.
Tony Ferguson is next in line to face Nurmagomedov after his third-round victory over Dustin Poirier on Saturday but should an agreement fail to be reached, McGregor will get his chance to avenge his 2018 defeat.
‘Tony Ferguson gets the next shot, and obviously, if for whatever reason Tony can’t take the fight or doesn’t want to fight at that time, then we would figure out what’s next,’ White said. ‘But yeah, Conor would make a lot of sense.
Conor McGregor is close to landing a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov
Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier in a fight held in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night
McGregor called Nurmagomedov out on Twitter in the aftermath of his most recent victory
‘Conor McGregor wants that fight really badly, and I’m sure the fans would want to see it. So we’ll see how this whole thing plays out.’
McGregor called Nurmagomedov out over social media in the aftermath of his win against Poirier.
‘Book my rematch for Moscow,’ the Irishman tweeted after Nurmagomedov had forced Poirier into submission with a rear naked choke.
McGregor hasn’t fought since his loss to Khabib in Las Vegas and has repeatedly made headlines for his violent behaviour away from his profession.
The most recent incident, where McGregor punched a man in a pub for refusing to try his own brand of whisky, prompted White to admit the Irishman needs to sort his act out.
‘So apparently this was in a pub in Ireland and it was an argument over whisky,’ White said in an interview with Jim Rome. ‘Conor has a whisky now and it was an argument over the whisky and Conor reaches out and hits him with a left hook. Not allegedly, it’s pretty clear.
UFC president Dana White has been unimpressed by McGregor’s poor behaviour of late
But White said if Tony Ferguson doesn’t fit Khabib, McGregor will be next in line
‘You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone [away from him] — what’s the number?
‘What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides “all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this”. ‘The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out.
‘He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? ‘The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says, “I’ve got to stop doing this.”’