Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s impressive win at UFC 205, he and his boosters are calling for him to receive a title shot, but it doesn’t sound like Conor McGregor’s interested in making that happen just yet.
Nurmagomedov took on fellow lightweight contender Michael Johnson Saturday, and although he ate some big shots early on, he dominated “The Phenom” and submitted him in round three. McGregor, meanwhile, took out Eddie Alvarez in round two and secured the 155 belt in doing so.
Well, since Nurmagomedov has gone 8-0 now in the UFC, and because he’s 24-0, many believe the vaunted grappler has to receive a title shot net. But, at the post fight presser, here is what McGregor had to say about “The Eagle” (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Look, he’s fought once in eight years,” McGregor said. “He ain’t fight too frequent for my liking. For me to commit to something like that, I need solid proof that people are going to show up. And he’s a consistent pull-out merchant.
“I need to see activity. I need to see consistency. I need to see me. If you want me to come and change your life, if you want me to come pick you, you better have some damn reasons for me to do that.”
Now are these comments going to sit well with Nurmagomedov and his fans? No. No they’re not. While it’s true Khabib has fought just twice since 2014, due to knee injuries, this is a man who has never been defeated, and really, hasn’t really been tested too severely in the Octagon yet.
But, if McGregor is planning to take a break, due to pending fatherhood, the UFC might look at booking Nurmagomedov to take on fellow contender Tony Ferguson. The idea being that McGregor would have to face the winner of that bout when he’s ready to return.