Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Tony Ferguson, Not Conor McGregor, Deserves Title Shot
By FCF Staff
As Conor McGregor continues to call for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC’s lightweight champ has once again, dismissed the idea.
McGregor returned to the Octagon last October, for the first time since 2016, and was submitted by Nurmagomedov in round four. Since then the former featherweight and lightweight champ has campaigned for a second bout with the reigning champ.
At a pre-fight press conference for Nurmagomedov’s September 7th bout with Dustin Poirier on Wednesday, the undefeated fighter had this to say about McGregor (quote via ESPN):
“The last three years he has only one victory and amateur boxing. How does he deserve a rematch?” Nurmagomedov asked. “He tapped. He begged me, ‘Please don’t kill me.’ Now he’s talking about a rematch?
“Tony Ferguson [is] on the line. People who have win streaks [are] on the line. But not the guy who don’t win nothing the last three years. … Right now I’m focused on Sept. 7.”
Ferguson won his 12th straight bout at UFC 238 this past weekend, by earning a TKO win (via doctor stoppage) over Donald Cerrone.