Khabib slams Dana White and Conor McGregor: “I decide…”
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently preparing himself for a clash with #1 contender Tony Ferguson on April 18, 2020 and he does not care what happens with his former foe Conor McGregor.
It was recently announced that McGregor will make his return to competition on January 18, 2020 as “The Notorious” will take on Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
It will be McGregors first fight since he was submitted by Nurmagomedov over a year ago, and even though a lot of people are excited to see him back in the cage, Khabib is not one of them.
“I think Cerrone lost seven or eight of his last ten fights. The other one (McGregor) is going into his fourth year of no victories,” Khabib said (translated by RT Sport).
“It’s like the minor leagues – it doesn’t really matter who wins there.
Khabib reveals criteria for rematch
UFC President Dana White recently revealed that McGregor is going to be granted a rematch against Khabib if he gets by Cerrone, and Khabib defeats Ferguson.
But that statement did not sit well with Khabib, who feels that McGregor is not worthy of another shot at the title, especially not after competing in another weight class:
“I’m surprised that Dana White is saying that if Conor beats Cerrone and I beat Tony Ferguson, there will be a rematch,” Khabib said.
“I decide who I’m going to fight next. To fight me he has to cut weight first, down to (lightweight), and win 10 fights in a row like I did. Then we’ll think about a rematch.
“But for now, he can fight second-rate fighters who lose seven out of 10 fights at [welterweight].” But to think he deserves the lightweight belt, while I’m champion that won’t happen, so everything’s alright. Don’t worry.”
Cerrone is on a two-bout losing skid and has lost six out of his last ten bouts, and not seven (or eight) like Khabib says.
Regardless, a lot of people are backing up Khabib and feels that McGregor is not deserving of the special treatment, especially since he has not fought in over a year and has not won an MMA bout since Nov. 2016.
A bit surprisingly, McGregor is still ranked #3 in the lightweight division, ahead of fighters like Justin Gaethje that has three TKO/KO victories in a row and has fought seven times since McGregor won his last fight.
Does McGregor deserve another title shot if he beats Cerrone?