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Khabib Nurmagomedov has a stern message for Conor McGregor

"Tell them..."

The rivalry is still strong between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, as the former had a message directed at the Irishman.

UFC 246 was undoubtedly a fantastic comeback for Conor McGregor, who scored a 40 second TKO win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. This led many, including the likes of basketball star Lebron James, to declare that the “king was back”, or other similar statements. Now UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, arch rival to McGregor, has sent a message regarding the Irishman’s return.

In a post on social media, Nurmagomedov stated that the “king never left”.

“King has never left, he’s not going anywhere,” Nurmagomedov wrote. “Tell them i’m coming.”

McGregor and Nurmagomedov have been rivals for a long time, and it seems that the harsh feelings between the two camps hasn’t died down. Their rivalry even spilled out intro physical violence both before and after their UFC 229 bout. While Nurmagomedov won via fourth round submission, both were suspended and fined for the violence that followed their UFC title bout.


UFC president Dana White was clear after UFC 246, saying that he felt McGregor had earned the next lightweight title shot.

“When you look at what makes sense, we’re at a place right now where Conor was saying going into the Khabib fight (at UFC 229) – he had lot of personal stuff,” White said at the UFC 246 post fight press conference. “Some stuff (was) self-inflicted. He had injuries, he had all these things going on. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch because he knows he wasn’t 100 percent, right?

“When you look at this for Khabib, Khabib is 28-0. He’s undefeated. You start talking about this kid’s legacy. First of all, to go 28-0 in this sport? I don’t care who you’ve fought. It’s tough to do. Well, this guy is a world champion. After tonight, with how Khabib won the first time, and how famous Khabib has become since that first fight, we’re looking at Hagler-Hearns. We’re looking at Ali-Foreman (or) Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make.”

Depending on who wins between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, this could mena a rematch. While Ferguson certainly is a dangerous opponent for any lightweight, the odds heavily favour Nurmagomedov.

Who wins a potential rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for