Khabib Nurmagomedov says he is expecting UFC president Dana White to call him after UFC 249 about a potential Conor McGregor rematch, assuming he beats Tony Ferguson and defends his lightweight world title. Nurmagomedov made McGregor tap when the two fought for the belt back in October 2018.
McGregor has fought once since then, beating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds earlier this year to announce himself back on the world stage.
But Nurmagomedov has since beaten Dustin Poirier and faces an extremely tough challenge in Ferguson on April 18 in New York.
A rematch with McGregor, however, has been much talked about and could happen if he beats Ferguson.
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The Dagestani has previously stated that he doesn’t want to give McGregor a rematch because it won’t be competitive.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto asked Nurmgagomedov if he’s expecting to receive a phone call from White about a McGregor rematch, assuming he beats Ferguson.
“This guy is going to call me,” Nurmagomedov replied. “He’s going to call me 100 per cent.
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“Dana, please don’t call me. If you want dinner, let’s go – but he’s going to call me. We’ll see.
“But let’s focus on Tony Ferguson right now.”
Ferguson, though, is on a 12-fight win streak in the lightweight division and poses a serious threat to Nurmagomedov’s reign at the king of the 155lb division.
The two met at a press conference in Vegas on Friday evening and exchanged heated words before McGregor kicked Ferguson’s interim lightweight title belt while it was lying on the floor.
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Nurmagomedov also appeared riled by a comments from Ferguson about fighting in the street while growing up in the U.S.
“Honestly, when I go to the press conference I think I want to be nice. You know I don’t want to go crazy. You know? But, when he talks about street fight, I go a little bit… a little bit crazy, yes.” he explained.
“Because this guy never fight in the street. What are you talking about? Who? You know, I have a lot of fight in the street.
“This guy never fight. Because in America, you cannot fight in the street. But I grew up in Dagestan, everyday I fight in the street. You talk about street fight?”
“Because people don’t understand. Maybe people think I am like him from America. But I am not from America. You know? I am from Dagestan and we fight all the time here.
“Like in school, like everywhere. Gym. Like I have a lot of fights in the street and when he talks about street fight, I don’t understand. This guy never fight in the street.”
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