Nurmagomedov’s manager explained to TMZ Athletics that talks of a rematch concerning the two light-weight rivals have been ongoing and were being reignited lately in a dialogue concerning Abdelaziz and UFC President Dana White. According to Abdelaziz, the UFC was taking into consideration Nurmagomedov and McGregor for a revival of its extensive-operating reality sequence The Supreme Fighter.
Justin Gaethje, another Abdelaziz consumer, was also regarded as (Gaethje issues Nurmagomedov for the UFC light-weight championship at UFC 254 on Oct. 24). Ought to the pairing have been scheduled for TUF, Abdelaziz predicts it would have been a volatile a single.
“Last week Dana White termed me,” Abdelaziz explained. “He stated, ‘Ali, what do you assume if Khabib gain, him and Conor do The Ultimate Fighter on ESPN?’ This is breaking information. I stated, ‘I don’t know. I’ll consider about it.’ And he said, of class, [vice versa] if Justin get.
“It would be Khabib vs. Conor on The Greatest Fighter, coaching. It would have been f*cking massive. Likely would have went to the hospital simply because he would have beat his ass and his total group. Or Justin Gaethje vs. [McGregor].”
However, in the stop, Abdelaziz statements that Nurmagomedov taken out himself from the equation because of to his disdain for McGregor. The two stars fought at UFC 229 in October 2018, a bout that was preceded by a prolonged and deeply personal feud. Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-spherical submission in the headliner of what was a single of the most effective pay-for each-sights in UFC history.
Even with the risk of a different huge payday for both equally men, Abdelaziz claims Nurmagomedov was not fascinated.
“I talked with Khabib yesterday,” Abelaziz explained. “He claimed, ‘This gentleman is human trash. He’s like rubbish. When you touch sh*t, you odor sh*t.’ He mentioned, ‘He does not make the battle. You understand? He doesn’t generate the fight.’
“Listen, if Justin wins, what ever, and he wishes the uncomplicated payday, yeah, go in advance and fight Conor if you want. But I really do not know if even Conor even now in the conversations simply because Justin said, ‘I gotta give him an possibility,’ but he did not want the fight.”
Abdelaziz’s most up-to-date verbal assault on McGregor was enthusiastic by McGregor not long ago revealing non-public texts among himself and White in which they talked about opportunity ideas for the Irish superstar. McGregor did not take pleasure in White’s get on why McGregor’s inactivity and new retirement announcement, and he accused him of manipulating the details.
McGregor statements he was searching to combat many occasions in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it was the UFC who couldn’t established up an attractive possibility. Abdelaziz expressed disgust at how McGregor conducting business enterprise in the general public eye.
“First of all, you know, as a gentleman, the golden rule is if you have a private conversation with a further guy, you should really never ever put this on the net,” Abdelaziz reported. “This is a comprehensive – a designed-b*tch, you understand? This is like a genuine-life b*tch, like I’ve often been expressing for all these a long time. I have a lot of textual content messages about individuals I never like, but I will never put it out there for the reason that it is not even appropriate to put it out there – it’s improper.
“Second of all, January 2020 – actually, December 2019, we wanted to fight Conor. Conor said he’s not completely ready nonetheless. When [Gaethje] listened to he desired to struggle in January, Justin Gaethje, he was increased rated than [Donald] ‘Cowboy’ [Cerrone] by much, and he pick out to struggle Cowboy as an alternative of Justin. Justin called him out on social media. Not just one time we observed Conor reply to him.”
Abdelaziz also said McGregor was the first selection to switch an hurt Nurmagomedov opposite Tony Ferguson this earlier May perhaps at UFC 249, but McGregor refused to be a backup and was changed by Gaethje. Right after Gaethje defeated Ferguson to capture an interim title, Abdelaziz reported he then designed the option to unify the light-weight belts in a battle with Nurmagomedov somewhat than continue on campaigning for a McGregor fight.
As Abdelaziz sees it, McGregor was happier to phone out older fighters anyway.
“All this nonsense about him wanting to fight Justin, this is total of sh*t,” Abdelaziz said. “He required to battle ‘Cowboy,’ Diego Sanchez, Matt Brown, he preferred to battle all these aged veterans. Realistically, in their primary, they’ll in all probability defeat his ass.
“But in a way, he showed you what variety of weak person he is. He’s a liar. He’s every thing you really do not want to be as a gentleman. He’s not a male. He shed all the price. Guess what? Sporting activities have moved on. The UFC has moved on. We have moved on. When Justin Gaethje turned down probably $7 or 8 million bucks payday [to fight McGregor], it was just for his integrity. To display, ‘Guess what? I can do it greater.’ Justin Gaethje’s a f*cking legend, guy.”
If Nurmagomedov-Mcgregor 2 is out of the photo, Abdelaziz said there’s even now lots of fighters on his roster that McGregor can sign up for, irrespective of whether it be latest UFC welterweight winner Kamaru Usman or 2020 breakout star Khamzat Chimaev.
But he is adamant that Nurmagomedov will not battle McGregor yet again.
“Hey, if he wishes to do The Top Fighter with he can,” Abdelaziz said. “If he would like to do Kamaru Usman, The Top Fighter with Khamzat Chimaev, yes he can. If Justin select to, that is all right as well.
“He can forget about about Khabib. He can neglect about the rematch. Accomplished. Lifeless. In no way. Khabib will under no circumstances combat him.”