After dropping a hint at a potential rematch with Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov has changed his tune and stressed that his rival does not deserve another dance as he begged for his life during their first encounter at UFC 229.
The lightweight pair tussled in the historic October fight card, with the Russian coming out on top after a convincing fourth-round submission of the Irishman.
There were not many talks about a potential rematch after the massive clash as the fight went one-sided though it has broken all records in terms of pay-per-view buys.
However, Nurmagomedov recently hinted at a rerun of their October fight, saying they have unfinished business to settle.
“So we have not finished yet, what was on October 6.”
“We still have a lot of fights, not a few years, so we plan to write more history and show that we are here, yes,” Khabib claimed in a video uploaded on his official YouTube channel.
“He begged me ‘please don’t kill me’.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov has had plenty to say on Conor McGregor.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 12, 2019
‘Please Don’t Kill Me’
But at the UFC 242 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday, Nurmagomedov shut down any possibilities of a rematch with ‘The Notorious,” citing his rival has not accomplished anything in the past three years.
He also revealed that McGregor begged not to kill him before the submission happened.
“The last three years he only have one victory in amateur boxing, how [does] he deserve rematch?” Nurmagomedov told the media, per MMA Fighting.
“He tapped. He begged me ‘please, don’t kill me’ and he talks about rematch.”
“Tony Ferguson on the line. People who have win streak are on the line but not the guy who don’t win nothing the last three years.”
“I have a lot of work without him. Right now, I’m focused on Sept. 7.”
On that date, the Russian champ will face interim champion Dustin Poirier in a unification bout at UFC 242, with the undisputed lightweight title on the line.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) June 4, 2019
Despite boasting a perfect win-loss record, Nurmagomedov said he is not taking his opponent lightly and said he will consider Poirier as the toughest assignment in his career.
“I don’t want to underestimate my opponent in Dustin.”
“He’s a tough challenge for me. Right now I don’t want to think about other opponents. I have to focus on my opponent.”
“I’m preparing for this fight like I’m going to have the hardest fight in my life,” Nurmagomedov continued.
“I can’t wait. Sept. 7 is going to be a big, big night for me, for my legacy and for Dustin, too.”
According to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib wants to fight this December again as he aims to become a busy fighter on his return.
The UFC lightweight champion is also setting his sight on a super fight against the retired Georges St-Pierre next year.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 6, 2018
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov)