Conor McGregor has stated that a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘must take place’, adding that ‘The Eagle’ is afraid of facing him in the Octagon again. The two faced off at UFC 229 where Khabib came up trumps by having McGregor submit in the fourth round with a neck crank. Ever since his defeat, ‘The Notorious One’ has been calling time and gain for a rematch while the Eagle has been dismissive of the same.
With UFC 257 set to take place this Saturday where McGregor will face off against Dustin Poirier, Dana White has been trying to make it seem like Khabib is interested in the outcome of the fight and that the Eagle would be eagerly watching the bout. However, the Russian has remained firm in his stance that a comeback is not on the cards. In a recent interview with Sport24, he said, “I don’t even have plans for UFC in the near future.”
‘I’ll show the world what’s what over time’ – McGregor
McGregor was recently asked by MMA Fighting about Khabib reportedly being interested in his fight against Poirier. The Irishman replied saying, “I don’t really care. He did not say that, Dana said that. Let’s just get through the fight. All these men are up here, there’s plenty of challenges. It’s a tough business. Things have gone on in his personal life, I don’t wish him any harm. Like I said, it was in 2018, a lot of time has passed.”
He however, remained firm in his stance that a rematch must happen. “The world knows this fight is not over. The war is not over. The sport needs it to happen. The people need it to happen. I’m not going to chase it if he doesn’t want it. That’s it. I’ll keep my calm and move on. That’s what I’m doing. I’m back here at the 155-pound division. I’ll show the world what’s what over time and that’s it. It begins on Saturday night against Dustin Poirier,” McGregor added.
He then stated that Khabib must be stripped of his title if a rematch doesn’t take place. “I would make the case if that man is continuing to dodge this and dodge the commitment of competing again, the title should be stripped and we should be engaging in a title fight,” the Notorious One said.
Despite all the talk about a rematch, all the focus for McGregor will now be on the fight against Poirier on Saturday.