UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov insists that he will not be returning to the cage to combat Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier again.
Nurmagomedov retired from competitiveness just after a submission earn over Justin Gaethje in the most important function of UFC 254 past month. Regardless of his retirement announcement, he has not however relinquished the lightweight title, very likely due to UFC President Dana White’s optimism that he’ll conclude up fighting again.
When Nurmagomedov will reportedly meet up with with White to go over that chance in the in close proximity to potential, he is adamant that he will not be ending his retirement to struggle Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor, who are slated to fight in a perceived No. 1 contender struggle on January 23, as he holds current submission wins over both equally adult males.
Nurmagomedov dealt with these likely matchups at a Wednesday press convention in Moscow, Russia.
“First, he will probably present funds,” Nurmagomedov explained, discussing his approaching conference with White and likely rematches with McGregor and Poirier (by way of Russian reporter Igor Lazorin). “What for? I choked the two [Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier]. Why ought to I do this?”
Nurmagomedov’s 2018 submission earn above McGregor topped the greatest-providing fork out-for every-check out in UFC historical past. His 2019 acquire more than Poirier was also a blockbuster. Irrespective of the widespread supporter interest in these fights, and the dollars Nurmagomedov would pocket from accepting them, having said that, he claims he has no fascination in both bout from a aggressive standpoint.
“Yes, only income. There is no sporting activities interest there,” Nurmagomedov reported. “I choked both of those of them, both were champions, both of those surrendered to me. As our proverb says: a horse does not operate right up until the donkey wins. Donkeys don`t even just take aspect in competitions in which horses run. I have no fascination in fighting from these opponents.
“Imagine UFC presented you $100 million,” Nurmagomedov added. “This is previously a problem. But there is no athletics desire there.”
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