Khabib Nurmagomedov says he has ‘no sporting interest’ in fighting Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier again, having already beaten them both, but admits that a huge financial offer would give him a ‘problem’ to consider.
The Eagle still holds the UFC lightweight title, despite announcing his retirement from MMA after beating Justin Gaethje in October.
UFC president Dana White is pushing for the Dagestani to fight again and is confident that he will, but Khabib is yet to change his mind about stepping into the Octagon again.
White and Nurmagomedov are due to meet in Abu Dhabi in the near future and the Russian champion is expecting to be offered a substantial amount of cash to go back on his decision to retire.
McGregor and Poirier are due to fight in January and the winner would be an obvious opponent for Khabib, however, having submitted both men, he is not interested, unless an enormous offer is made.
‘First of all, (White) will offer money, I think,’ Khabib told a press conference on Wednesday, via RT.
‘I choked both of them out. There’s no sporting interest there. Both of them tapped.
‘If there’s money. Imagine someone offered you $100 million, that will be a problem. In sporting terms, I don’t see any interest there.’
There has been mixed messages on whether Khabib will fight again, including the fact that he has not chosen to relinquish his title, despite claiming he is retired.
‘Let me enjoy it, it’s nice to be the current champion,’ he said of still holding the belt.
‘Why do you want to take the belt off me straight away? I haven’t honestly thought about it. It will remain like that until I see him (Dana White).’
Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has been teasing another fight for his client ever since his retirement and did so again on Wednesday.
Khabib’s professional record stands at 29-0 and he had long spoken of a desire to reach 30-0 before retiring, with a clash with Georges St-Pierre touted as the perfect final bout.
Abdelaziz simply tweeted on Wednesday ‘GSP’ followed by the ‘eyes’ emoji.
McGregor is angling for a second fight with Khabib, and will push for a rematch if he beats Poirier in January.
The Irishman tweeted on Wednesday seemingly in response to Khabib’s claim in having no ‘sporting interest’ in facing him again: ‘You can run, but you can’t hide.’
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