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Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains The Exact Moment Conor McGregor 'Wanted Out' Of Their Clash

Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains The Exact Moment Conor McGregor 'Wanted Out' Of Their Clash

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes that he identified the precise moment that fierce rival Conor McGregor regretted the decision to step in the octagon with him.

The UFC lightweight champ, 31, successfully defended his championship crown against McGregor in a blockbuster clash at UFC 229 in 2018.

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And Khabib has argued that the Irish MMA superstar's refusal to look him in the eye before the start of the fight 'proved' that he didn't want to fight him.

"Before the fight, when the referee stood between us giving us instructions, the opponent didn't look at me in the eyes," the 'Eagle' said.

"At that moment, I realised he didn't want to be in the cage with me. And before that, he talked a lot.

"He looked at me and made statements. But when we were in the cage, I realised he wanted it to be over as soon as possible."

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Khabib, who last fought in September against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, has continued to fire out shots at McGregor.

The Dagestan superstar argued that the 'Notorious' would receive a rematch for his championship should he win ten matches in a row.

And the undefeated lightweight champ also took aim at McGregor when he slammed him for controversially punching an old man in a pub and his accusations of sexual assault.

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"I had fights in my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I'd talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don't beat him too hard," he said.

"For example, if I had a painful hold where I could break something, I wouldn't tighten it all the way, it'd just fix it so that the opponent would tap out.

"Because I have no aim to hurt anyone in this sport. Yes, we compete in a very brutal combat sport, but it's never my goal to inflict a lot of pain on my opponent.

"If I understand that I'm winning, I don't aim to hurt someone bad. Well, except for one fight."

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Notorious, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, eagle, MMA

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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