Nurmagomedov: Contract says I’m fighting for real belt

Saturday, February 17, 2018

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has not fought since November 12, 2016. He has never defended his current belt, and he never defended the featherweight belt, which was eventually stripped.

Barring injury, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fight for the interim belt at UFC 223 on April 9. However, during a recent interview with TMZ, Nurmagomedov said the fight will be for the full, not interim belt.

“We’re gonna fight for his belt,” said Khabib, as transcribed byDan Hiergesell for MMA Mania. “The UFC will strip his belt, and now we’re gonna fight for the real belt.”

“I have a contract, like, real belt. What are they gonna do? They only have one real belt. They have the interim belt, and they have the real belt.”

“They sent me the contract. We’re gonna fight Tony Ferguson for the real belt. They strip McGregor’s belt or not, I have a contract. Real belt.”

“When was the last time Conor competed in MMA? I forget about this. He’s a boxing guy now. He’s to stay in boxing, because you have to compete in MMA, like wrestling, grappling, conditioning 25 minutes, it’s different.”

Nurmagomedov questioned whether McGregor ever returns to the Octagon.

“When?” he asked. “They’re talking about Floyd Mayweather fight. I don’t know, I don’t think he’s gonna come back.”

The master plan for ‘The Eagle’ would be to end Ferguson’s 10-fight win streak, win the full belt with McGregor being stripped that night, and then see Notorious return for the belt in Russia later this year.

That would be cool.