‘Khabib Fled The Cage’- Conor McGregor Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Was Never Crowned As UFC Champion

Published 01/17/2021, 12:21 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov IL) and Conor McGregor (R) face off after the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. Nurmagomedov and McGregor will meet in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is returning to the Octagon next week and it is for one hell of a challenge. Number one ranked Lightweight Dustin Poirier will rematch Conor after 7 years and will be looking to exact his revenge. Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is looking to climb back to the apex of the MMA world.

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However, Conor can never truly be number one if he cannot do something about the loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov on his record. On a night where Khabib dismantled Conor, chaos ensued after Khabib attacked Conor’s corner and a brawl broke out in the cage.

Khabib was never awarded his belt inside the cage and Conor remembers it. He told Ariel Helwani that Khabib was never crowned champion that night, so he isn’t a legitimate champion.

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“You know the unified title was never crowned that time in October 2018. Khabib fled the cage and left me fighting with his family members. The post-fight ceremony never took place. I still feel like I’m the champion and I’m going to prove that with my performances and you know, time will show. The cream always rises to the top and now the world is going to see it.”

Conor McGregor: Stoking the flames once again?

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Conor taking shots at Khabib before his return next weekend indicate one thing. If Khabib is coming out for a final fight to go 30-0, his opponent will most likely be McGregor. It is the biggest fight the UFC can make financially and there is an already rich story built in.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Conor instigating Khabib is basically laying the seeds for the goading that he will use to get him out of retirement. However, he does need to take on the Dustin Poirier challenge first. If Conor cannot get past Poirier, this feud may never even get a chance for a part two.

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The shots at Khabib will ramp up over this week, especially at the UFC 257 press conference. Hopefully, things don’t become as aggressive as they did during their rivalry in 2018.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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