Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Isn't Ready To Shake Conor McGregor's Hand
Khabib Nurmagomedov isn't ready to shake Conor McGregor's hand but he'd accept an apology from the Irishman.
Nurmagomedov, fresh off defending his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier last month at UFC 242, gave his thoughts on McGregor as well as his next Octagon assignment.
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When asked about his UFC rival, the Dagestan phenom said: "I'm not ready to shake [McGregor's] hand right now.
"I'm not, you know everyone makes mistakes. There are no perfect people, everyone has flaws. I have flaws and so does he, everyone has flaws.
"When a person continues to behave this way, it means that it's his nature. We saw that he recently hit a 70-year-old man. It shows a lack of morality and manners... His overall level. So, I'm not ready to shake his hand, unless he realises something."
However, Nurmagomedov would accept an apology - saying that apologies always have to be accepted no matter the situation.
"Apologies always have to be accepted no matter what he said. If a person apologises and accepts his mistakes, we have to excuse him," he added.
"From a fighter's point of view, it is a thing of the past, I have nothing to prove."
McGregor reacted to Nurmagomedov's stunning showing in Abu Dhabi by proposing a rematch in Moscow, but the UFC champion insists he'll fight the top contenders before running it back with the 31-year-old Dublin man.
"There's a lot of businessmen here and I think most of them will tell me to fight him, because it'll bring money," he said about a potential rematch.
"I'd fight all the main contenders first and I could fight him to benefit my agriculture projects.
"I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more, you have to give him credit. He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor.
"Conor has to come back, stop hitting old people. He is a professional fighter, he should come back, win and earn his place and get in line."
Nurmagomedov also claims he'll return to the UFC in "March or April" and wants to defend his title in Russia.