‘War is Not Over’- Conor McGregor Reignites Feud With Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 01/21/2021, 9:26 AM EST
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 McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have one of the most bitter rivalries in MMA history. However, Conor seems to have become more mature than what he used to be in 2018.

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With many speculating Khabib may fight Conor one more time to end his career at 30-0, Conor has commented on it. He said he will respect Khabib’s personal wishes, but also added the caveat that this rivalry is not over.

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“I don’t really care. He did not say that, Dana said that. He said he’s not. Let’s just get through the fight. All these men are up here despite the challenges. It is a tough business and the things happening in his personal life, I don’t wish him any harm.

“Things happened in 2018 and a lot of time has passed, but the world knows this fight isn’t over. This war isn’t over. The sport needs it to happen, the people need it to happen. I’m not gonna chase it if he doesn’t want it. I’ll keep my calm and move on.”

Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov II: Is this feasible?

If Khabib breaks his retirement to come back, there are only 2 fights that are worth it. The first would be a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre and the 2nd would be a rematch with Conor McGregor.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

While many would expect Khabib to repeat his strong win from the first fight, it would still be the biggest fight the UFC has seen.

Conor will put his legacy on the line in a rematch. If the scorecard reads 2-0 in favor of Khabib, Conor’s legacy will be negatively affected. However, both men’s bank accounts would be absolutely stuffed after a rematch.

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If Khabib wants one last fight to get 30-0 on his record, Conor would make sense. He can make a massive amount of money in one fight and can use the money for his various business venture. It makes sense. However, whether he is willing to break his word like that is another matter altogether.

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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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