Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Conor McGregor Needs to Win “10 Fights in a Row” to Earn Title Shot
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has repeatedly said a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov will go very differently than their bout last year. But, according to recent comments the champion Nurmagomedov made, McGregor is a long way out from securing another title shot.
Since McGregor was submitted by Nurmagomedov last October at UFC 229, the former lightweight champ has pushed for a rematch. More recently, however, it’s been reported that Donald Cerrone is the front runner to be McGregor’s next opponent.
During a recent appearance in Moscow, ahead of the UFC’s event there Saturday, Nurmagomedov was asked about McGregor’s title shot prospects. The undefeated fighter said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“As for a rematch, to fight for a belt in the UFC, I remember I had something like nine or 10 fights. If he wins 10 fights in a row, then that’s completely possible,” Nurmagomedov said.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, is expected to face former interim champ Tony Ferguson sometime in early 2020.