There’s been signs in recent weeks that a fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov might finally happen, but according to the latter, the former lightweight champ went silent once it was time to begin talks.
Since Nurmagomedov has never lost, and because he’s arguably the greatest grappler in all of MMA, there’s been plenty of talk and speculation about “The Eagle” fighting McGregor for quite some time. But, since Nurmagomedov has spent a lot of time on the sidelines with injuries, the fight has never materialized.
Well, now that Nurmagomedov is holding the lightweight title that McGregor once had, and because of what went down at the media day for UFC 223, buzz for the two to fight has never been greater. As a result, UFC boss man Dana White has said the promotion intends to make the bout happen.
“I do not yet know who my opponent will be,” Nurmagomedov said. “The fight will likely take place in Las Vegas. I want to fight McGregor; the fans are also waiting for this fight. I hope that Conor wants this fight. He talked a lot but for some reason, as soon as it came down to real negotiations about the fight, he fell silent.”
“In what round will I be able to knock McGregor out? I do not know, and no one can know this. I’m going to destroy him.”
So, what’s the take away here? In terms of the “silent” comment? It could very well be that McGregor is just holding out for more money, after all, a fight with Nurmagomedov could end up being the biggest bout in MMA history. McGregor’s team hasn’t given any indication that McGregor is looking at other opportunities. For example, recently his striking coach Owen Roddy said a bout with Khabib is “building”.
Further, even if for some reason McGregor has reservations about facing Nurmagomedov, at this juncture, there’s really no other bout that makes sense for him. Unless he elects to leave 155 behind.