Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Conor McGregor Needs to “Earn His Place”
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor continues to drive for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the UFC’s lightweight champ has once again, told the star he needs to earn another shot at the 155 title.
Ever since Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor last October at UFC 229, the latter has pushed for a rematch. The champion has cited the fact McGregor hasn’t won a bout since 2016, while arguing he doesn’t deserve one.
“From a fighter’s point of view, (the McGregor rivalry) is a thing of the past,” Nurmagomedov said. “I have nothing to prove. But he has something to prove. We know he does. There’s a lot of businessmen here and I think most of them will tell me to fight him because it’ll bring money. I’d fight all the main contenders first, and I could fight him to benefit my agricultural projects.
“I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more. You have to give him credit. He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor. Conor has to come back (and) stop hitting old people. He is a professional fighter. He should come back, win, earn his place and get in line.”
Most recently, at UFC 242 last month, Nurmagomedov submitted Dustin Poirier.