It has been exactly a year since Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor stepped into the octagon to settle their rivalry. The stake could not have been any higher. The lightweight title, as well as the unprecedented UFC record of Khabib Nurmagomedov, was on the line.
Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov were on a collision course since McGregor was the lightweight champion and Nurmagomedov was the most dominating fighter in the division. However, the rivalry started when McGregor threw a dolly to a UFC bus that has Khabib Nurmagomedov and few other fighters in it.
However, the fight did not go in the favor of the Irish fighter as Nurmagomedov dominated him before getting a submission victory in round 4. However, McGregor put up a valiant effort and managed to win one round from Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now considering that fight, a rematch against Nurmagomedov does not make sense for Conor McGregor at all.
Even Khabib Nurmagomedov has claimed that he will not be fighting Conor McGregor unless the former champion gets some impressive wins in the division. Yet, it seems McGregor does not want to wait that long as he called out the lightweight champion again on social media. This time McGregor wants the fight in Nurmagomedov’s backyard, Moscow.
Conor McGregor said:
“F*** an 8 count let’s dance baby #1yearago#moscow#sh**inthebus#running and sh***ing at the same time”
This is not the first time McGregor has asked to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow. As per UFC president, Dana White, Conor McGregor asked for a fight with Nurmagomedov in Moscow right after the fight with Floyd Mayweather. Even in the recent past, McGregor has wished for a fight in Russia. However, that seems unlikely at the moment.
Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson should ideally get the title shot next against Khabib Nurmagomedov as confirmed by Dana White. At the moment in the lightweight division, there are only two opponents who make sense for the Notorious One, Justin Gaethje, and Dustin Poirier.
While Poirier lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 242, Justin Gaethje is undoubtedly one of the strongest contenders for the title. Dustin Poirier has been claiming that he is going to fight McGregor next, while McGregor’s team is showing interest in a fight with Frankie Edgar.
At this moment it’s completely unclear who is the next opponent of Conor McGregor. However, it’s safe to assume that Conor McGregor does not want any fight more than he wants the rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.