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Conor McGregor 'Could Retire' If He Loses To Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor 'Could Retire' If He Loses To Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor hasn't been inside the octagon for nearly two years but that's soon to change. The Irishman faces his toughest test to date soon but it could be his last UFC appearance.

In November 2016 Conor McGregor made history and became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts at two weight divisions at the same time. He was soon stripped of the featherweight title and more recently lost the lightweight championship too.

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That's because in the near two years since he beat Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight belt he hasn't fought in the UFC or in MMA at all, only pausing for his only professional boxing fight.

The Irishman changed sport for the biggest fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather, making a lot of money in the process and helping 'Money' get the 50th win of his career.

McGregor has watched on as Tony Ferguson won the lightweight title before giving it up because of an injury and then see Khabib Nurmagomedov win the belt against Al Iaquinta. Now the two men are set to face at UFC 229 on October 29th.

It's definitely the Notorious' stiffest test to date and MMA pundit Robin Black believes the Irishman would retire if he lost, telling RT, "As much as there is so much for each one to gain, there is also a lot for each one to lose. If McGregor loses, in my opinion, he will retire. If McGregor loses this fight, he will retire.

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"If Khabib loses this fight, not only does he lose his undefeated record, but these losses to someone like McGregor, when the temperature has been raised... these losses are painful, they change a fighter forever."

McGregor with the two belts he's had taken away from him but never lost. Image: PA Images
McGregor with the two belts he's had taken away from him but never lost. Image: PA Images

Khabib has a 10-0 record in UFC and a 26-0 record in his MMA career whereas McGregor has a 9-1 record in UFC and a 21-3 record overall, 21-4 if you include his boxing career.

The Irishman's last MMA lost came to Nate Diaz in the first of their matches at UFC 196 and all three of his losses have come by way of submission.

He head into the T-Mobile Arena on October 6th as the underdog with Khabib expected to continue his unbeaten record and keep hold of the title he won at UFC 223 after Ferguson had to back out and then his stand in also had to back out, both because of injury.

Would McGregor really quit if he lost?

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC 229, Khabib, UFC News, MMA News

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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