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Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Conor McGregor Needs to Fight Frankie Edgar

Kelsey Mowatt

Khabib Nurmagomedov

If you’re one of the folks who would rather see Conor McGregor head to lightweight and leave 145 behind, well, Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to have to disagree with you on that.

As you know, it remains to be seen what’s next for McGregor, since he ended the reign of Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Heading into the fight, there was a lot of talk about him moving to 155 afterwards and challenging for the title. But, now that a massive title fight with Donald Cerrone isn’t possible, and because Frankie Edgar quickly took out Chad Mendes, more people seem to be calling for McGregor-Edgar.

Well, recently Nurmagomedov appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the undefeated lightweight had this to say about McGregor’s next move (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I think, my opinion, [is that] Conor has to stay in featherweight division,” Nurmagomedov said. “Because, if he moves to lightweight, a lot of people will say, ‘Hey, you [haven’t done] everything in featherweight. Because you have one beef here. This is Frankie Edgar.’ And everyone agrees with me.

“This is first. I think Conor needs to stay in [145] and fight for the title with Frankie.”

Yup. It’s certainly a match-up a lot of people want to see, and really, at this point one would think the UFC will book it. Unless, however, McGregor doesn’t want to make the cut again to 145 so soon. Since “Notorious” has become a huge, huge star, he may just have the leverage necessary to pass on fighting at 145 next.

Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is expected to return to action in the spring. The lightweight contender hasn’t fought since April, 2014, when he decisioned now reigning champ, Rafael dos Anjos.

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