‘Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we’re going to fight… It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail: Khabib Nurmagomedov prepared to go to extreme lengths to sort out rivalry with Conor McGregor
- Lightweight champion continues to hold a grudge with Irish fighter McGregor
- The pair’s bout in the Octagon saw Khabib win with a fourth round submission
- But the Russian believes the rivalry with McGregor is still far from over
- Khabib even claimed he would be willing to go to jail to settle the issue
- ‘I’m not scared about this – they go to hospital and we go to police’, he has said
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed he isn’t ‘scared’ to settle his rivalry with Conor McGregor outside of the Octagon.
The Russian fighter also hinted he would be willing to go to jail if it meant once again bettering the controversial Irishman.
The duo’s bout last October had seen Nurmagomedov clinch a fourth round victory through submission, but it appears the bitter feud between the two continues to rage on.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed he isn’t ‘scared’ to settle his rivalry with Conor McGregor
Despite his victory, Nurmagomedov revealed he wished to ‘smash’ all of McGregor’s team – and was nonplussed at the thought of hospitalising them.
‘Even [the October fight] did not finish it,’ the current champion told ESPN.
‘Just to smash people is 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 a fight.”
The duo’s bout last October had seen Nurmagomedov win after a fourth round submission
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‘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 – they go to hospital and we go to police. That’s it.’
But despite welcoming the chance to take on McGregor in the street if the pair crossed paths, Nurmagomedov has no intention of gifting the Irishman another shot at the 155lb belt.
He added: ‘This guy has to come back and make a 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; fight, come back and show who you are.
But Nurmagomedov has no intention of gifting the Irishman another shot at the 155lb belt
‘I want to fight real guys – Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don’t want to fight with a guy who never wins.’
Dagestan-born Nurmagomedov is set to return to the sport against Dustin Poirer at UFC 242 next weekend, in what will be his first bout since jumping from the Octagon to confront members of McGregor’s team.
The Irishman has made no secret of the fact he would welcome an immediate rematch.