Last October Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight title by submitting Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor via submission in the fourth round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight was truly a mega-event as it sold close to 2.4 Million PPV buys, smashing previous PPV records. Now Khabib is waiting to hear his punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the post-fight brawl which he instigated at UFC 229.
Now the world wants to know who is the Russian going to fight next and has a list of potential names and surprisingly Conor McGregor is not on that list.
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Nurmagomedov revealed that despite the financial upsides and his coach Javier Mendez’s interests he is not interested in fighting McGregor next.
“I have a big team . . .and everybody thinks a little bit different,” Khabib said. “If you talk about it, my father thinks different, Javier thinks different, my management thinks different. But when the athletic commission makes a decision, we’re gonna sit with my old team and make a decision what I’m gonna do next. But right now, if you guys ask me, of course, he not deserve a title shot rematch, Conor, because he lose, he tapped. It wasn’t a close fight. I dominated him everywhere in every aspect and I beat him. Like a told, I smashed him. Why we need a rematch?”
He is also interested in fighting Tony Ferguson next, and that is a fight most MMA fans want to see and it also makes sense for the UFC to deliver that match-up as Ferguson is the No. 1 contender.
A huge name in Khabib’s radar is former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“Georges St. Pierre is a very big name,” said Khabib. “I like, an opponent who is a very tough opponent and he’s a little bit bigger than me. If we’re gonna fight, we have to fight at 155, because 170 is his weight and he’s gonna be a little bit bigger than me. For me, it’s like a smart decision taking him to 155. He’s a very big challenge for me. Like, for my legacy, he’s a very good match-up for my legacy, for fans, for money, for everywhere now. I don’t know about his future, about his plans, but I respect him. In my opinion, he’s the greatest athlete who ever competed in the UFC, because he’s a champion inside the cage and outside the cage too. We’ll see.”
And last but not least, Nurmagomedov wants to fight the biggest star in all of the combat sports, i.e Floyd Mayweather.
“A lot of people don’t understand about age, about when you did in competition. Like, they think, ‘oh, Mayweather and that’s it,’ or, ‘Conor and that’s it’. They don’t know what’s inside. We can take everything what they have. You know, all his 50-0, we can take this because he’s too old, too small, and it’s gonna be smart decision for my future, for legacy, for money, for fans, for everywhere.”
Who do you think Khabib Nurmagomedov should fight next?