UFC star Conor McGregor recently told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov “must take place.”
In a video posted to social media on Thursday evening, Stephen A. says that Nurmagomedov believes that fighting McGregor again would be doing McGregor more of a favor than himself.
“All of that sounds like fear to me Stephen,” McGregor says. “In my opinion, he dipped out again. The world knows this war is not over. So much has gone on in the aftermath of the belt.”
However, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor has made his demands. He says that a rematch with Khabib needs to happen.
“The fight must take place — if he wants to keep running, he can keep running.”
Smith took to Twitter to write, “On Stephen A’s World, @TheNotoriousMMA told me a fight with Khabib ‘must take place.'”
Conor McGregor Calls Out Khabib Nurmagomedov Again
McGregor says he is back at 155 pounds and that while he has an array of opponents to choose from, he wants Nurmagomedov.
“I know Dana, as am I, as are his manager are pressing him to get back in there. If he doesn’t, that’s it, what can ya do? It is what it is, you move on.”
Stephen A. asks Notorious point blank: “Why would anyone be running from Conor McGregor right now? Put it in your own words.”
“It’s clear as day I’ve been trying to get belts nonstop,” he says. “I’ve been rattling off names, dates, opponents, everything. And to no avail.”
McGregor is set to fight No. 2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23. He said that even this fight didn’t get planned as normal.
“This fight with Dustin went a peculiar way,” he explains. “We were going to do a charity fight outside of the UFC because I wasn’t getting matches. It’s not fair to me, and it’s not fair to my fans.”
McGregor notes that some of delay may have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
McGregor, Dana White Try to Get Khabib to Come Out of Retirement
Conor McGregor isn’t the only person that wants to see Khabib make a return to the UFC. The organization’s president Dana White has been working overtime to try and get “The Eagle” to continue his mixed martial arts career despite his recent retirement.
White recently met with the undefeated champion from Dagestan in hopes that he could convince him to continue fighting. Unfortunately, it appears that he came up short.
White made an appearance on the “UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar” broadcast to reveal some details surrounding his conversation with Nurmagomedov. It appears the champ is just fine with walking away from the sport after the tragic death of his father. However, White seems to think there’s a slim chance that Nurmagomedov could fight once more.
“Basically, the way that he feels right now is that he’s accomplished everything he needed to accomplish,” White said. “He said: ‘I’m gonna watch this fight if these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back.’ I have a feeling if somebody delivers, he’ll be back.”