In a special Q&A sessions with children this week in Russia, UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov stated that he doesn’t believe Conor McGregor actually wants a rematch with him.
“Honestly I don’t think he wants that fight,” Nurmagomedov stated. “How is that so? I beat him up for four rounds. I beat him and choked him and he tapped. It was a sign he didn’t want to be there, ‘let me go please’ and all that. And now he wants the rematch.”
Even if McGregor does genuinely want to get back in the Octagon with him, Nurmagomedov remains in no rush to make it happen, believing that ‘The Notorious’ will have to prove that he’s worthy of another title shot first.
“First of all he has to earn it. We’re in the fourth year since his last victory. It’s been three years and now we’re in the fourth. In order to fight for the title I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC. That’s not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight I earned it not with my mouth but with my actions. That’s where we’re different — he talks about it, I just do it.”