UFC’s cash cow Conor Mcgregor is so desperate to fight newly crowned lightweight champion Khabib Nurmgaomedov next that he is willing to do it on peanuts and ready to take a huge pay cut just to face ‘The Eagle.’
Should McGregor return to the UFC Octagon, a grudge match against Nurmagomedov appears to be an inevitability. After what happened at UFC 223 media day, it looks likely to be the biggest fight in UFC history.
Many believe Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov’s grappling-heavy approach to fighting is McGregor’s kryptonite.
As per Irish Sun, McGregor is willing to go any extreme lengths to take a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had a heated hotel altercation with Mcgregor’s SBG teammate Artem Lobov before the UFC 223 rampage.
“Conor is trying to do everything he possibly can to get back into the cage and wants Khabib no matter what it takes,” a source close to McGregor is said to have told the newspaper.
“He has never wanted a fight so much.
“He doesn’t care about the money for once, he just wants to get this guy one on one as he feels this whole situation was caused by him and he wants to make him pay.
“He would take this fight on for peanuts, he wants to make it happen.”
Nurmagmedov stayed perfect with his professional record to 26-0 — 10-0 in the UFC — with his recent title victory over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. After the win, Nurmagomedov said he is willing to fight McGregor in his next outing, but he has to beg the match.
“We have to finish this beef, chicken or something like this,” Nurmagomedov said during the UFC 223 post-fight news conference. “He have to stop eating Burger Kings.
“You want to fight? Come. I told you guys, I’m going to make him humble. I’m going to change his game.
“Now only one champion. No more fake champions, no more champion who never defend his title or something like this.
“Now UFC has champion, and this champion wants to defend his title. You want to fight? Come here. Inside the cage? Come. Outside the cage? Come. Let me know without camera, without like all this media.
“I hope he’s going to fight – we have to fight. Like make World Tour. Everywhere, like Tokyo, Moscow, Dublin, Los Angeles, Rio.
“Big world tour, promote this fight and fight end of year, biggest arena in the world. Madison Square Garden … I’m here.
“He want to become lightweight champion? He have to fight with me. No more all these fake champions.
“You guys remember when he put tweet, ‘Beg me.’ Please beg me.”
Mcgregor last fought inside the octagon at UFC 205 where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight title back in 2016.
It could be a while before he returns to Octagon, as he is facing three charges of assault and one charge of criminal mischief for his mayhem and summoned back to court on June 14 to learn his fate.
Even UFC president Dana White seems unsure when he will return to action.
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