Conor plans to fight Khabib next, in Russia, like Rocky

Monday, July 17, 2017

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor boxes Floyd Mayweather on August 26; it is believed ‘Notorious’ will make around $75 million. Many fans, teammates, and even UFC president Dana White have speculated that with that kind of money, he might never fight in the Octagon again.

However, White also said that McGregor wants to fight #1 contender Khabin Nurmagomedov, in Russia. During the last day of the four-day, three-country, four-ctiy s*** shit/media tour, Notorious confirmed the talk about Khabib and Russia.

“That’s certainly an option that I’m exploring,” said McGregor to BT Sport, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “That would be a spectacle. It’d be like something out of Rocky. I suppose this whole story is like a Rocky story, right? So why not face a man in his home country, and a crazy place like Russia. It’s certainly something I’d like to do. There’s a couple of options on the table so let’s see what unfolds.”

“I believe I’ll come out of this fight without a scratch. [Take] a couple weeks to refresh my jiu-jitsu and my wrestling – not that I’ve stopped training that either, I’ve still kept up on that, just less – and then we’ll see what happens.”

McGregor’s technical success rests on his straight left. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wrestling heavy approach to MMA is the ideal style to deal with McGregor’s ability. And it’s the fight Conor is marching towards.