‘Conor Won’t Accept This Fight’- Islam Makhachev’s Manager Calls Conor McGregor an ‘Old Fighter’

Published 06/01/2021, 1:40 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor sits on the canvas after being submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov during UFC 229 lightweight championship match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has had his fair share of critics. People have criticized him for cherry-picking his fights in the past, but the claims got stronger when he fought Donald Cerrone in his comeback fight in 2020.


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Whether there’s any truth to it or not is for the fans to decide; however, Islam Makhachev’s manager Rizvan Magomedov certainly believes so. He talked about Islam’s prospects in the lightweight division, among other matters, in an interview with RT Sport.

A reporter put forth the scenario that if Islam were to win his next fight and McGregor to lose his, they might find each other within an arm’s distance in the rankings.


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He asked whether a fight between Makhachev and McGregor is a realistic possibility in the near future.

I really doubt Conor will take this fight, even if the UFC want to put it together. He is at the same stage of his UFC career, an old fighter with a big name,” Magomedov said.

He also added that Conor had no title ambitions anymore and that calling him an ‘old fighter with a big name’ was accurate.

Magomedov said that Islam is a nightmare for McGregor. Although the fight might’ve been interesting, Conor would never accept it.

He just cherry-picks fights for himself, looks for some beneficial and comfortable spots in terms of opposition. While Islam is actually a nightmare for him, style-wise. It would be interesting to see this fight, but he won’t accept this fight. No way,” he concluded.

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Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: The downfall of the Irishman

The rivalry between Conor and Khabib has been filled with several controversial events and turns. They fought for the lightweight belt in 2018 after lots of drama. However, the fight didn’t turn out to be as dramatic as the build-up to it.

LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Referee Herb Dean separates Conor McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

That was, until it ended. All hell broke loose when Khabib submitted McGregor in the 4th round. A brawl broke out, and both the fighters were heavily involved.


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It caused a lot of problems for the UFC. Additionally, it was not a good look for Khabib or Conor. However, they both got back from the experience and are doing well in their business ventures now.

Makhachev has been a teammate of Khabib for a long time now and if he gets the opportunity to fight Conor, he wouldn’t let it go.

Meanwhile, a way to exact some sort of revenge might be appealing for McGregor. The fans would love to see this fight in the future. Do you think Islam Makhachev can beat Conor McGregor?


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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.