However as a result of tempestuous finish to their struggle, rumors have been rife Nurmagomedov-McGregor rematch might be on the playing cards.
Nonetheless, having efficiently defended his UFC light-weight championship title in opposition to McGregor, Nurmagomedov is not pushing for a rematch.
“He tapped. I make him drained and he tapped,” he advised Becky Anderson for CNN’s Join the World.
“And folks perceive his degree, folks perceive my degree. I do all the pieces what I would like. I get up with him, I wrestled with him, I grappled with him, he tapped.
“I do not really feel like I’ve to enhance one thing contained in the cage with him. And we’ve lots of good contenders who deserve a title shot, and I will struggle with different opponents.”
Whereas McGregor is thought for his hard-hitting, high-flying model within the octagon, it was his trash speaking outdoors the ring that shot him to stardom.
And it is truthful to say that after their confrontation forward of their Las Vegas struggle, Nurmagomedov and McGregor aren’t the most effective of pals.
Whereas exchanging barbs is commonplace these days forward of UFC fights, Nurmagomedov thought McGregor crossed a line together with his insults, explaining his unstable response to successful in Las Vegas.
And though he acknowledges that trash speaking is now a part of the UFC, the undefeated fighter believes that by mentioning his household, faith and fogeys, McGregor prompted him a “large disrespect.”
“If folks attempt to give me respect, I will give them respect,” the 30-year-old stated. “In the event that they go loopy with me, I will go loopy with them.
“And UFC assume I am only a good man or one thing like this. I am a pleasant man to who’s good with me. If folks [are] not good with me, I am not a pleasant man.”
Not solely do UFC coaches play a significant position within the preparation of their fighters forward of bouts, however in addition they play an essential half throughout the precise struggle.
They provide tactical recommendation between every spherical to provide their fighter the higher hand and hopefully, assist them on the best way to victory.
So, think about coaching for weeks on finish together with your coach after which not having the ability to have them in your nook for the struggle?
That is what Nurmagomedov has needed to cope with at each UFC 209 and 229 as his father (who can also be his coach) — Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov — was denied a visa to permit him into the US on each events.
However as a result of UFC 242 is being held in Abu Dhabi — as a part of the UFC’s five-year partnership with the Division of Tradition and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) — Abdulmanap shall be in his son’s nook for the primary time in his UFC profession, one thing meaning a terrific deal to the UFC Light-weight Champion.
“And that is imply lots for me, and for him too, as a result of lots of people see fighters, however they do not see coaches,” he stated.
“And I would like folks perceive how nice my father is. As a result of he has lots of champions, world champions. And I am very comfortable to have him in my nook.”
Returning to the octagon
Following his ban and $500,000 wonderful for his conflict with McGregor’s staff, nobody was in a position to problem Nurmagomedov for his UFC title.
Due to this fact, within the meantime, an interim UFC light-weight championship was created and received by Poirier at UFC 236 when he defeated Max Holloway.
However regardless of Poirier holding the interim championship belt and a 21-5-1 file, Nurmagomedov is definite the struggle shall be a one-sided affair.
“Khabib going to smash Dustin, inshallah. And that is it,” the Dagestan fighter stated confidently. “If folks wish to see how one athlete can smash one other athlete.
“And I do not just like the posters, they name us champ versus champ. This isn’t champ versus champ. I’m the champ. He’s interim champ. That is large distinction.
“It should be a dogfight if I would like. If I did not need, I will dominate him. And I do not folks assume I am Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, or Eddie Alvarez, or Max Holloway. I am utterly totally different fighter.
“And once I go to the cage, I on a regular basis management my opponents. And it is like, dogfight goes to for him, not for me. As a result of I will dominate.”