Before Conor McGregor has even stepped into the boxing ring with rival, Floyd Mayweather, for the most anticipated bout of the decade, the Irishman has his sights set on a return to the world of MMA.
Some would call it ambitious, some would call it cocksure. Either way, The Notorious ‘wants Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia’ for a fight that would make UFC history.
If the pair got together to brawl in the Octagon on Nurmagomedov’s home soil, the event would be the first bout hosted in Russia in the UFC’s quarter-century history.
McGregor’s ultimate fighting fanboy, Dana White, revealed the UFC champion’s deepest desires to MMA Junkie, saying:
You know what Conor told me? He said, ‘I want Khabib in Russia. Isn’t he fucking awesome? He’s like, ‘I want Khabib, in Russia.’ He’s awesome. Conor McGregor is a fucking 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.
Nurmagomedov, the 28-year-old undefeated Russian boxer otherwise known as The Eagle, is currently 24-0 in his MMA career, 8-0 within the UFC. But that didn’t stop McGregor calling him a ‘pull-out merchant’ after Nurmagomedov withdrew from UFC 209 due to ‘weight-management issues’.
Pretty sure the Russian will be keen to defend his honour in the Octagon.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.