Khabib Nurmagomedov Critical of McGregor Rematch for Beating Cerrone
Fans around the world were in awe at Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 return. Almost to the point where it really didn’t matter who Conor was facing in the return. Fans were just glad to see one of the most popular fighters of all time back inside of the octagon. However, there was a portion of fans who were skeptical of McGregors opponent. UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was also critical of the matchup.
Although Donald Cerrone is a “game” as they come, the selection of him raised a lot of eyebrows. How could a win over Cerrone justify a title shot? Was the fight designed for Conor to have an easier route to victory? Khabib wasn’t the only one who was critical of the matchup. So were lots of MMA fans around the world.
After McGregor put a beating on Cerrone in just 40 seconds at UFC 246, everyone wanted to know what was next for the Irishman. For Conor, it’s no secret that he wants another shot at the lightweight title.
Khabib Speaks on Being Critical of McGregor Rematch
And, UFC President Dana White is on board for that rematch to happen. However, Khabib was critical of that idea, believing that beating Cerrone shouldn’t secure a rematch. He spoke to the media on the subject.
Q: "New York State is known for easily stopping fights after a cut,We've seen it in Diaz-Masvidal fight.Are you going to train for his elbows specifically because of it?"
Khabib: " It's impossible to know it. How it will go down, in which direction…Yes, it's very hard."
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“People started talking about the rematch, etc. Even though Cerrone lost 7 of his last 10 fights,” said Khabib. “A guy fights 10 times, and loses 7 of them and they call him a world-class fighter, a legend, etc.. Okay, let him be a legend. But he was done a long time ago,” finished Nurmagomedov.
Facing Real Contenders
Khabib is the type of fighter who always wants to face the best competition available. In most cases, those are the contenders with good win streaks, great records, and incredible skill. This is why during the interview, he also stated that there are guys who deserve it more.
Guys who prove themselves in the ring with their performances are the real contenders to Khabib. And, for Nurmagomedov, that contender is certainly not Conor McGregor.