UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) submitted McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in 2018 in a dominant performance where the bad blood boiled over in a post-fight brawl.
While it may have meant unfinished business for McGregor, the chapter was apparently closed for Nurmagomedov, who has said he has no interest in running it back. He is currently set to take on Tony Ferguson in the main event of April’s UFC 249 for his next title defense.
And McGregor, who returned in emphatic fashion, taking out Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds at January’s UFC 246, plans on staying ready in case Ferguson pulls out.
While that might not sound like an intriguing option for Nurmagomedov, American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez says, realistically speaking, the UFC calls the shots.
“Let’s not be naive and think that we’re in control,” Mendez told MMA Junkie. “We’re not in control. We can control what we do, but the organization controls who you fight and who you don’t fight.”