UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his ugly rivalry with Conor McGregor will "never end".
Nurmagomedov says he is not interested in a second fight.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Nurmagomedov (27-0), who defended his title against McGregor (21-3) last October in the fourth round, said he would fight McGregor on the road when they turned but he will not give him an immediate rematch, as long as he holds the belt.
"Even [the October fight] did not finish it," said Nurmagomedov. "Only smashing people is not enough, I'm talking about just smashing it, it's not enough, we have to smash his entire team, that's what I think before the fight, that's what I tell my team." Hey, today Evening, we're going to war, this is not about fighting. & # 39;
"It will never be over. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we will fight 100%. It does not matter if someone goes to jail or something. I'm not afraid of that. … They go to the hospital and we go to the police. That was it's.
Nurmagomedov from Dagestan will defend his title against Dustin Poirier on Saturday at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will be his first appearance since he jumped out of the Octagon after beating McGregor Nurmagomedov said he did so because McGregor insulted his family and his country in the run up to the fight.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov for nine months and imposed a fine of $ 500,000 on his post-combat actions – the rivalry Once again, headlines made headlines when McGregor released and deleted two offensive social media messages to Nurmagomedov's wife, Nurmagomedov responding by calling McGregor a "rapist." The return of the UFC to China shows a battle for the straw-overweight championship The fans in Shenzhen have been waiting for several months.
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McGregor from Dublin has expressed interest in an immediate rematch. A second fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor would be an extremely lucrative event, but Nurmagomedov said he would not let it happen without McGregor winning a fight first. The 155-pound champion has made it clear that he would like to play next to Tony Ferguson if he defeated Poirier on Saturday.
"This guy [McGregor] has to come back and reach a winning streak with nine or ten fights, then we'll fight," Nurmagomedov said. "Maybe the people watching this interview think," Oh, he's thinking about it, but if the UFC asks this guy to fight for millions of dollars against Conor, that guy will accept it. "Fights Come back and show who you are.
"Dana [White] You do not have to call me. Why does he have to call me about this fight? We sometimes talk to Dana, he's a good guy, but do not talk to me about this crazy fight. I want to fight real guys – Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe when one of the greatest athletes of all time, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight the boys. I do not want to fight someone who never wins. "