Khabib Nurmagomedov Gives His Praise To Conor McGregor After UFC 229 Fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov has candidly praised fellow UFC fighter and rival Conor McGregor.

Speaking to RT Sport (via BJPenn), the 30-year-old Russian fighter believes that the 30-year-old Irishman played a massive part in the success of their UFC Lightweight Championship match at UFC 229.

"You know, you should give credit to Conor," he said.

"He is very popular. Was I as popular before the fight? I don't think so. But if you compare us as athletes, I proved that I am better.

"But as a star, he is much brighter than me. I don't know how much now, but before the fight, definitely."

The Eagle defeated the Notorious in the fourth round to retain his Lightweight Championship.

While McGregor does want a rematch with Nurmagomedov, it might not happen any time soon after recent reports suggest that Khabib could face Georges St-Pierre next.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Before his match at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov had nothing but praise for GSP.

"Georges is [the] greatest competitor in the UFC of all time," he said (via MMA Mania).

"Even if we fight, I think it's going to be a very tough matchup for me, and for him too. I never lose [a] round in the UFC.

"I think I can give him [a] very tough match. I know you guys love him, but when cage door close[s], I have to smash my opponents.

"In my mind, I think nobody can beat me."

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