Conor McGregor has put the brakes on talk about him fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in the past, but according to Dana White, the UFC’s lightweight champ has changed his tune.
Nurmagomedov has been sitting at the top of the UFC’s lightweight division for years, but, due to injuries and medical issues, “The Eagle” has fought just three times since 2013. After McGregor took out Eddie Alvarez to become the 155 champ, the Irish star said he needs to see “activity” out of Nurmagomedov, before he’d agree to fight him.
Well, since then, Nurmagomedov has yet to fight (he submitted Michael Johnson the same night McGregor beat Alvarez). In fact, a bout with Tony Ferguson fell through in March, when Nurmagomedov incurred medical issues while trying to make weight. But, during a recent interview with MMA Junkie, White reported the following:
“You know what Conor told me? He said, ‘I want Khabib in Russia,’” White said. “Isn’t he (expletive) awesome? He’s like, ‘I want Khabib, in Russia.’ He’s awesome. Conor McGregor is a (expletive) unicorn. There’s nothing like him. He’s working on boxing Floyd Mayweather and then he’s talking about fighting Khabib in Russia right after.”
Now, this is of course, very interesting to hear, but several things have to fall into place before this can happen. One, McGregor has to box Mayweather on August 26th. Two, as White also relayed in the interview, Nurmagomedov needs to fight Ferguson, and win, obviously, if a bout with McGregor could get tabled. Three, the UFC would need to work out the details for its first card ever in Russia.
But, if all that goes down, there’s no question McGregor – Nurmagomedov in Russia would be a massive fight. Will it happen? It could, but when you consider all the variables, it’s kind of hard to imagine that bout going down in 2017. Recently White also said that McGregor hopes to defend the UFC’s 155 belt before the year is out.