Once Khabib Nurmagomedov takes care of that Tony Ferguson business, he’ll be looking to finish UFC lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor to boot. And if the Irishman should call for a rematch, it’ll fall on deaf ears, as “The Eagle” would rather fight the crème de la crème of the division – videlicet. McGregor better get ready to form an orderly queue at the back, and wait his turn.
“After I finish [Ferguson], then Conor,” Nurmagomedov said. “And after I finish Conor, UFC will maybe want to make rematch. But I say, ‘No, calm down. You have to stand in line.”
Nurmagomedov is set to go head-to-head with “El Cucuy” on Mar. 4, 2017 for the interim 155-pound strap. The winner more than likely gets the next tilt at “Mystic Mac’s” crown.
In addition, the Dagestani cast aspersion on some of McGregor’s opponents – intimating the Hibernian has been throwing hands with the lightweight division’ bottom-feeders – most notably, “The Skrap Pack” member, and lifelong Stocktonian Nate Diaz.
“Nate Diaz is ranked No. 10? All top-level lightweight fighters beat him and [McGregor] lost to him one time and their second fight was very close,” Nurmagomedov said.”
After that, he beat Eddie Alvarez, who has a 3-2 record in the UFC? He’s never had a fight with the top-level lightweights. This is my opinion.”
Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) is wholly aware that McGregor’s name carries significant weight when it comes to making bank. Howbeit, that’s the least of his worries, and to ram his point home, he insists that cementing his legacy is his ulterior motive, and not a “money fight” with “The Notorious.”
The undefeated fighter also has his reservations about McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) going for a third divisional belt at Welterweight, as well as the mouth-watering, yet seemingly chimerical boxing match against pugilist extraordinaire, and pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I came to the UFC to fight with top-level fighters and become the undisputed, undefeated champion. This is my goal. A lot of people fight with [McGregor] because of money. I can give him money if he needs money.”
“Once I’m interim lightweight champion, what’s he gonna do?” Nurmagomedov said. “Fight at welterweight? I don’t think this is a good idea for him. Or go to a boxing match with [Floyd Mayweather Jr.]? I think that is just talk, playing games.
“He’d have to fight with me. What’s he gonna do? He’d have to.”
With just over five weeks to go, UFC 209 can’t come soon enough.
Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson – only one makes it to the McGregor ball, assuming that is, he elects to defend his belt.