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Khabib Nurmagomedov has fired a stern warning to Conor McGregor as he's declared that the "king has never left".
The unbeaten fighter is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against Tony Ferguson in April at UFC 249.
And the 31-year-old has been told by UFC president Dana White that he'll face McGregor next if he beats Ferguson.
The Irishman returned to action on Saturday by stopping Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 and ahead of the Russian facing Ferguson, he's issued a message to the lightweight roster.
"King has never left, he's not going anywhere," he wrote on social media, accompanied with a video of himself dripping in sweat in a gym.
The lightweight king has a message :crown: (via @TeamKhabib) pic.twitter.com/gAZllTTPxt
- UFC (@ufc) January 22, 2020
The UFC champion's father Abdulmanap has laid out what it'll take to get Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor 2 and it's a lot of money.
"We also need revenge against Conor, but give us $100 million," he explained.
"The day after the fight against Ferguson, give us that amount and then why not hold a rematch? I don't know, maybe Dana White wants to arrange it (for that amount), he needs that fight."
Nurmagomedov last fought in September 2019 when he beat Dustin Poirier to defend his UFC lightweight title. He's 28-0, which includes 12 victories inside the famed Octagon.
White, meanwhile, wants to book the rematch. Speaking at the UFC 246 post-fight press conference, he said: "Every time there is someone out there fun, there's always someone fun who can fight Conor.
"When you look at what makes sense, he had lots of personal stuff going into the Khabib fight. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch.
"Khabib is 28-0 and you have to start talking about legacy. After tonight and after the first fight, we're looking at Hagler-Hearns, Ali-Foreman.
"This is a massive fight with global appeal. This is the fight to make. Masvidal doesn't have a world championship... Khabib is the fight to make."
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