Khabib Nurmagomedov Claims Conor McGregor Needs 10 Wins To Earn Rematch
Khabib Nurmagomedov has put the brakes on a rematch with Conor McGregor by claiming the Irishman will need to win 'nine or 10' fights in-a-row before facing the Russian again.
The two men had one of the fiercest and nastiest rivalries in UFC history before their fight in October last year with plenty of name calling and railings being thrown at a bus.
Khabib won the fight pretty convincingly and McGregor hasn't fought since but is expected to be back at the beginning of the year, if he was hoping for a couple of 'warm ups' before facing his nemesis again they he's very much mistaken.
The Eagle has laid out what the Irishman must do to earn the rematch, saying, "As for a rematch, to fight for a belt in the UFC, I remember I had something like nine or 10 fights. If he wins 10 fights in a row, then that's completely possible."
If that is what needs to happen to set up the pairs second fight then McGregor is going to have to hurry up and have those nine fights, with Khabib recently outlining his retirement plans.
Talking to Arab News in October the 31-year-old was asked when he planned to call it a day and he replied, "I think a couple of years. Two, three - maximum three.
"I think maybe two years, in my opinion, because I don't want to fight all my life because I know it's very hard.
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Having defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 it's expected that the Russian's next title defence will be against Tony Ferguson early next year.
Khabib revealed that it will be in March or April but that he won't fight in Las Vegas again until he gets an apology for the six month suspension he picked up from the fall out from his fight with McGregor, saying, "They offered me to fight in Vegas in March, but I told them that if Vegas officially apologizes for wrongly fining me for that incident on October 6, 2018, then I'll fight there.
"If not, then they can assign me to another date. As far as I know, they're planning in April to hold (a fight card) somewhere in New York, so I'm saying I'm ready for April, or March if Las Vegas apologises."
Will McGregor and Khabib ever have their rematch?