It’s been more than two years since Khabib Nurmagomedov forced Conor McGregor to tap out to a face crank. But with the bad blood that spilled over after the fight, a rematch is still on everyone’s minds.
With McGregor’s rematch with Dustin Poirier already scheduled for January, the anchors of ESPN’s First Take decided to ask “The Eagle” about it in a recent interview. Max Kellerman went first, asking Khabib if he was interested in fighting the winner of the aforementioned fight. Like always, the undefeated champion responded with utmost frankness.
“You know, about both of them. I finish both of them, and finished in dominant position. With dominant performance,” Khabib said. “And I’m not interested in both of these guys because I need something new. New blood, new energy. Like Justin Gaethje give me new motivation. He’s real deal, right now he’s interim champ, he’s very tough guy.
“And if I think about both, Dustin and Conor, they don’t give me good energy. They don’t give me motivation. Fight for what? For my legacy? I already put these guys on my desk. I already beat them. Everything finished with these guys.”
Everyone’s favorite anchor Stephen A. Smith went on to prod with the same line of questioning, focusing more on McGregor. But unlike Kellerman, he got a cold one-liner as a response.
"Right now, I don't even want to talk about this s---."@TeamKhabib is focused on fighting Justin Gaethje at #UFC254 and nobody else (via @FirstTake) pic.twitter.com/XGzJFUanl3— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 20, 2020
“Right now, even I don’t want to talk about this sh-t.”
Khabib vs. Gaethje headlines UFC 254 this Saturday at the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.