Khabib Nurmagomedov Claims He Knows Why Conor McGregor Retired
Conor McGregor only retired last week but already everyone's made their opinions known on the former two weight UFC champion and whether he'll remain inactive. Now his last opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov has let his feelings be known.
It's not really a shock that Conor McGregor's retirement hasn't come with an outpouring of emotion of people being sad to see him hang up his gloves and leave the octagon for one last time.
Maybe that's because the nature of the big talking Irishman means not too many people are sad to see him go but it's more likely because people are cynical about his announcement, and understandably so.
Three years ago, after losing to Nate Diaz, the Notorious claimed he was quitting the sport having made enough 'cheese' but four months later he was fighting the Stockton native in a rematch.
Last week's tweeted announcement came longer after his most recent fight, a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, but not long after rumours he'd be fighting Donald Cerrone and came out of the blue.
Many think the 30 year old will be back in action sooner rather than later and, talking at Moscow's Plekhanov Russian University of Economics on Tuesday, via RT, Khabib backed up those claims and revealed he thinks money is why the Irishman decided to retire, saying:
"Tomorrow he will say that he comes back and all the media will talk about it. That's what he wants. He could not reach an agreement with the UFC and now wants to play this card. Conor acts like a jealous wife, who says 'I will leave' all the time, but then comes back."
Khabib hasn't fought since beating McGregor at UFC 229 in October and was banned for six months, as was the Irishman, after the post fight altercations between members of both men's teams.
The Russian revealed he'd like to come back to competition soon but not before his teammate's year long bans were over, adding, "I want to come back in September. But Zubaira Tukhugov is still banned, and I won't fight ahead of him. I jumped out of the cage, he shouldn't suffer because of my actions."
The issues between the two men really kicked off when the UFC lightweight champion cornered McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov and, speaking to Ariel Helwani, Lobov agreed that his colleague would be back soon:
It does feel inevitable that the Irishman will be back in the octagon sooner or later and it's a matter of 'when' and not 'if.'
Who should Khabib defend his title against when his ban finishes?