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Manager Doubts Massive Payday Could Secure Nurmagomedov – McGregor 2

Nurmagomedov submitting McGregor (photo via YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Khabib Nurmagomedov has repeatedly dismissed the possibility of fighting Conor McGregor again, both before and after he retired, and his manager also doubts the fight will ever happen.

Ever since Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in their massive, 2018 bout, the latter has called for a rematch. After McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone last January, UFC President Dana White said the polarizing star had earned another title shot.

Nurmagomedov, however, repeatedly argued that McGregor had not done enough to warrant a rematch. In more recent months, and following Khabib’s retirement in October, the undefeated lightweight has said he’s not interested in fighting McGregor again.

But, with Nurmagomedov set to meet with White this month, and McGregor booked to fight Dustin Poirier on January 23, speculation about a McGregor rematch hasn’t disappeared.

Recently Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz spoke with TMZ, however, and he had this to say about the possibility of that fight happening (quotes via MMA Junkie).

“He beat the (expletive) out of Conor,” Abdelaziz said. “He did everything he wanted to do. He beat him in the striking department, he beat him the wrestling department, he beat him in the grappling department. He broke his soul. He took his will.

“We don’t really care about him. Somebody might say $100 million or something like that. I don’t think would persuade Khabib if Khabib did want to fight. I really don’t know. I really didn’t pressure Khabib or ask him about it too much. I let him be.”

Nurmagomedov has also claimed several times now that money will not prompt him to end his retirement.

The 29-0 fighter announced his retirement after he choked out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October.

posted by FCF Staff @ 12:10 am
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