Khabib Nurmagomedov is all set to defend his UFC Lightweight title against Tony Ferguson in his next fight at UFC 249 in April. Even though it is a fight that the entire MMA community is looking forward to, there is also a lot of interest in the potential rematch between Khabib and Conor McGregor.
The story took an interesting turn recently when UFC President Dana White admitted that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor rematch makes a lot of sense. And now, Khabib has come out with a response regarding the same.
The Russian star noted that he is entirely focussed on Tony Ferguson at the moment and not Conor McGregor.
“I have a fight on April 18. I have a very serious fight. For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape, to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight, I feel great. What’ll happen after a fight - no one knows. I don’t worry about it, that’s what they want,” he said. [Via MMAfighting.com]
Khabib went on to add that he is surprised to see that people are even considering the possibility of the rematch with Conor.
“I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him, he even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is: do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson,” he concluded.
Khabib and Conor had fought back at UFC 229 with the Russian taking the win via fourth-round submission. Conor had been out of action ever since but recently returned to the octagon and picked up a win against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.