Khabib Nurmagemodov Reveals What Conor McGregor Said Seconds Before Loss At UFC 299
By Mike Parrott
Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed to hear Conor McGregor scream "let me go please" mere seconds before making the Irishman submit in UFC 299.
The reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, Khabib, insists that McGregor wouldn't want a rematch after the Irishman lost emphatically to the Russian in UFC 299.
With Nurmagomedov reportedly in talks to fight Tony Ferguson next, and McGregor claiming his next fight in the UFC will be in January 2020, both fighters don't have any plans for a rematch anytime soon.
However, the Russian Champion believes McGregor doesn't want the rematch: "Honestly I don't think he wants that fight. How is that so? I beat him up for four rounds...I beat him and choked him and he tapped."
Khabib Nurmagomedov: I never enjoy inflicting pain on opponents - except for Conor McGregor pic.twitter.com/Y1WA7waTlh
- Khabib Fan (@KhabibArmy) November 16, 2019
"It was a sign he didn't want to be there, 'let me go please' and all that. And how he wants the rematch."
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McGregor hasn't had a professional fight since submitting to Khabib in October 2018. The Irishman was completely dominated by Khabib throughout the four rounds with Khabib winning every round and ultimately, making McGregor submit mid-way through the fourth round.
Khabib has also said that if McGregor does actually want a rematch, he needs to prove it to him that he's good enough for another fight against him: "First of all, he has to earn it. We're in the fourth year since his last victor."
"It's been three years and now we're in the fourth. In order to fight for the title I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC."
The Russian also went on to say that McGregor needs to earn his fights, rather than his actions. McGregor is famously known for his trash-talk in the build-up for fights:
"That's not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight I earned it not with my mouth, but with my actions...That's where we're different. He talks about it, I just do it.
"It's nice for me, because even when I keep quiet and even when I don't say anything, people can weigh it up for themselves. 'Hang on, this guy talks and this guy just acts'...So for me there are no kind of announcements or insults. He's an idiot. We don't pay attention to idiots."
McGregor's next opponent is lined up to be Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone, according to UFC President, Dana White.