Nurmagomedov: McGregor fell silent as soon as negotiations started

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, with a devastating TKO over Eddie Alvarez. He didn’t defend the belt, opting instead to box Floyd Mayweather for $100+ million. Who wouldn’t?

McGregor’s return was delayed when Notorious got cranky over Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team having words with SBGi teammate Artem Lobov during UFC 223 fight week. Notorious gathered up a circus of fools, flew across the Atlantic, and then threw a hand truck at a bus that Nurmagomedov was in. ‘The Eagle’ was amused by the hapless antics, but two fighters on the bus were cut by flying glass to the point they were unable to fight.

Nurmagomedov won the vacant UFC lightweight championship several days later. During a recent Russian language interview with Sport24.RU, ‘The Eagle’ discussed his next fight.

”I do not yet know who my opponent will be,” said Nurmagomedov, as translated by Karim Zidan for BE. “The fight will likely take place in Las Vegas. I want to fight McGregor; the fans are also waiting for this fight. I hope that Conor wants this fight. He talked a lot but for some reason, as soon as it came down to real negotiations about the fight, he fell silent.”

“In what round will I be able to knock McGregor out? I do not know, and no one can know this. I’m going to destroy him.”

McGregor returns to court in Brooklyn, New York on July 26 where he is expected to receive community service. Because MMA is not yet quite a real sport, McGregor will likely receive a token punishment from the UFC. Instead, his crime will likely be used in marketing a fight vs. ‘The Eagle’.