CONOR MCGREGOR insists he knows the blueprint to ‘destroy’ Khabib Nurmagomedov – despite being handily beaten by the Russian in their grudge match.
McGregor, 32, suffered a fourth-round submission defeat to the reigning lightweight king two years ago in the main event of UFC 229.
Conor McGregor insists he knows the blueprint to ‘destroy’ Khabib Nurmagomedov[/caption]
Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Conor McGregor in their UFC 229 grudge match[/caption]
But The Notorious is adamant things would be different if he were given a second crack at the The Eagle.
When asked about Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement, McGregor told ESPN: “I think he’s afraid to fight me. That’s for damn sure. And I don’t blame him. I know exactly what to face.
“I fought the best of him that night, he fought the worst of me on that night. He knows it, I know it, his team knows it.
‘I’ve the answer to destroy that man. He can pull the wool over people’s eyes for only so long.”
Nurmagomedov, 32, announced his retirement from MMA last October following his UFC 254 victory over Justin Gaethje.
The Dagestani destroyer hung up his gloves as he promised his mother he’d no longer compete without his late father by his side.
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Although McGregor understands Nurmagomedov’s reasons for retiring, he can fathom why he’s walked away when there are so many entertaining match-ups in the division.
He added: “I think his hand was shown. He’s not a true fighter in my opinion.How could you walk away? There’s so many great fights to be had.
“Think of the [Nate] Diazes, the [Tony} Fergusons, there’s so many wild fights, the [Charles] Oliveiras, the rematch against me.
“I think it’s just preposterous to walk away. Not only did he sh*t on the bus, I think he pissed on the chips also. I think he showed his hand.
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“But then, at the same time, you know, there is family issues. It is what it is. So all the best.”
McGregor, 22-4, is currently gearing up for his UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier, who he’ll face next Saturday on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The UFC’s first two-division champion knocked out the American in just under two minutes six years ago at UFC 178.
And he’s looking to get the job done in double-quick time second time around.
He said: “I love Dustin, I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me. I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.”