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Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains Only Reason Why Fans Want To See Conor McGregor Rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov Explains Only Reason Why Fans Want To See Conor McGregor Rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov has argued fans are most interested in seeing more "drama" with Conor McGregor rather than the actual fight between the pair.

The 31-year-old UFC star successfully defended the lightweight championship against fierce rival McGregor in October 2018.

But tensions flared in the build-up to their blockbuster fight and Khabib has no interest in reigniting that for a mega-rematch.

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The 'Eagle' believes the rematch would be lucrative and have drama, but he insisted that it would not be a "real lightweight championship fight."

Khabib told TMZ: "I think people wanna see just continue what happened last time, they just wanna see drama.

"If you asked people, 'Okay, guys, who gonna win, 99 per cent gonna say Khabib. He did the first time.'

"But people just wanna see big drama show only for this one. If we're talking about money, this is good.

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"If we're talking about drama, this is good. If we're talking about real lightweight contender or real lightweight championship fight, this is not good.

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"This is not real lightweight championship fight. But if we talk about drama and money, of course this is good."

Khabib confronted McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov in 2018 ahead of UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York.

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And McGregor, who made his sensational UFC return last month, infamously responded with his attack on the bus carrying Khabib and other fighters at the Barclays Center.

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Khabib brushed aside the idea of causing more drama and suggested that he is more focused on building his legacy by beating "tough opponents."

The undefeated Dagestani fighter said: "But I come here for show, make my legacy.

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"For my legacy, I have to beat tough opponents like Dustin Poirier, like Al Iaquinta, like other guys or like right now [with] Tony Ferguson.

"I have to beat all of them who are real contenders and not fake contenders."

The 'Eagle' also launched a scathing attack on McGregor for picking Donald Cerrone to be his opponent in his comeback fight.

Khabib will defend his lightweight championship on 18th April at UFC 249 against Tony Ferguson in a hotly-anticipated clash.

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

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