UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Conor McGregor were present in Russia for the World Cup final this past weekend.
Although both the fighters were in the same stadium, interestingly, they did not confront each other. Now, Khabib has come out with an explanation for the same. He said that Russians are hospitable people and added that he wanted McGregor in a different scenario.
“I thought I’d meet McGregor at the Luzhniki Stadium. But even if we meet now, we still will not be able to find out who is stronger. If there was a cage in the middle of the arena, it would be more interesting. And now something to find out on the street and so on. We are not at that age and not in that position. It would be ideal if there were no one around. Or vice versa — to the full stadium, in the middle of the cage, and in it — we. In general, I see no reason to approach him now. We are hospitable people. Let the football look, enjoy Russia,” he said.(via MMA Fighting)
Khabib won the Lightweight championship by beating Al Iaquinta a few months back and is expected to make his first defence against McGregor.