Recently Dana White and John Kavanagh have reported that Conor McGregor’s interested in heading to Russia to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year, but now the UFC champ himself has commented on the situation.
Since McGregor was booked to box Floyd Mayweather on August 26th, there’s been no shortage of speculation regarding the Irish star’s future, after the bout goes down. Will McGregor continue to fight after the massive payday? Might he want to take more boxing matches? Or, in in terms of the UFC, who and when does he want to scrap next?
Well, both White and Kavangh have relayed they’re confident McGregor will want to compete in the Octagon again. In addition, White reported that McGregor told him he wants to fight Nurmagomedov in Russia. The star’s coach, Kavanagh, also said that McGregor is “very motivated” to compete in that nation.
Well, following the Mayweather – McGregor presser in London Friday, the latter had this to say about Nurmagomedov and his next MMA bout (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It’s certainly one of the things I would like to do,” McGregor said while talking about Nurmagomedov specifically. “Whether it’s next, I don’t know. I don’t even know how close the Russia thing is. Whether Khabib can pull his (expletive) together; he missed weight.”
“There’s a few of them in the mix,” McGregor added, while discussing other lightweights. “A few of them need to pull their (expletive) together, though, and get interest going and get me interested. Right now I don’t actually see anything.”
There you have it. So, it definitely sounds like McGregor is interested in fighting Nurmagomedov. But, as he also noted, a lot has to fall into place before a bout with “The Eagle”, in his native Russia, is even a possibility.
McGregor also said that a third fight with Nate Diaz is still on his radar…