Khabib Nurmagomedov tells Conor McGregor how he can earn rematch
Khabib Nurmagomedov has told Conor McGregor what he needs to do to earn a rematch for his UFC title – and it's much more than the Irishman might have anticipated.
McGregor is set to make his long-awaited return to the octagon on January 18, having not fought since being choked out by Nurmagomedov in October last year.
It has not yet been revealed who McGregor's next opponent will be, although fellow lightweights Justin Gaethje and Donald Cerrone are the among the likely contenders.
After that fight, former two-weight UFC champion McGregor wants to fight Jorge Masvidal after his win against Nate Diaz at UFC 244, before rounding off 2020 with a rematch against Nurmagomedov.
But Nurmagomedov has told McGregor he needs to win not two, but 10 straight bouts to earn the chance to face the Russian again.
“As for a rematch, to fight for a belt in the UFC, I remember I had something like nine or 10 fights. If he wins 10 fights in a row, then that’s completely possible,” Nurmagomedov said in quotes reported by MMA Junkie.
Nurmagomedov said he is in negotiations to fight Tony Ferguson next, but wants the fight to be in New York rather than the UFC’s preferred venue of Las Vegas.
The UFC lightweight champion has demanded an apology over Nevada State Athletic Commission's decision to fine and suspend him for a post-fight brawl after his bout with McGregor.
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