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Conor McGregor On a Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘He Doesn’t Want It’

January 4, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Conor McGregor spoke with his Mac Life website about a potential rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov after he faces Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor lost to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October of 2018, which was his last fight to date. Video and highlights (per MMA Weekly) are below:

On why Nurmagomedov isn’t interested in a rematch: “He is trembling. That man is trembling. He doesn’t want it. He doesn’t want it. You get it and he’s trying not to lose it again. I just smell s**t. That’s all it is. He’s afraid and that’s it but everyone wants it. The boss wants it, Dana [White] wants it, we all want it. So he can run, but he cannot hide. I look forward to it.”

On his fight with Nurmagomedov: “In my mind, round 1 — I won round 1. I outstruck him 3-to-1. He had position on the mat, but I outstruck him 3-to-1. What did he do in that first round? Second round, look at the lackadaisical approach I had to him, he was just running around the outside of the cage and he caught that lucky shot and he had a great second round. What happened after that? I win the third round. Even the opening exchanges in the fourth round. I was winning the fourth round up until that trip.”

On not having the proper preparation for the right: “That was after a horrendous camp where I was so disrespectful to the people that believe in me. So disrespectful to my team with my lack of commitment and I still went out and done that. Then I also landed the final blow of the night on his blood brother and his cousin.”

On his determination to get that rematch after Cerrone: “We’ll come back to him. Like I said, he can run, but he cannot hide.”