Khabib Nurmagomedov explains why he didn't confront Conor McGregor at the World Cup Final

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If there's one fight UFC and MMA fans would love to see happen, especially after events earlier this year, it's Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

If The Eagle and Notorious are to meet inside the Octagon, it likely won't happen until 2019 or late 2018 at the earliest because of the Russian's injury and the Irishman's ongoing court case.

However, the two highly talked about fighters came within close proximity of each other this past weekend at last Sunday's World Cup Final in Russia between France and Croatia.

They were both in attendance at Luzhniki Stadium for the World Cup Final in Moscow last weekend, but they did not have a confrontation with each other at the event, which is what a lot of people would have wanted.

No Confrontation

Speaking to the media, the current UFC Lightweight Champion said that he's more interested in meeting McGregor inside the Octagon than confronting him at a football match.

Nurmagomedov said, via Express.co.uk: “I thought I’d meet McGregor at the Luzhniki Stadium. But even if we meet now, we still will not be able to find out who is stronger.

"If there was a cage in the middle of the arena, it would be more interesting. And now something to find out on the street and so on. We are not at that age and not in that position.

“It would be ideal if there were no one around. Or vice versa — to the full stadium, in the middle of the cage, and in it — we. In general, I see no reason to approach him now. We are hospitable people. Let the football look, enjoy Russia.”

The Eagle and Notorious have been on a collision course with one another ever since McGregor was stripped of the UFC Lightweight title and the fight week of UFC 223.

McGregor is facing multiple charges, including a felony, in Brooklyn for his actions during the weekend of UFC 223 where he threw a metal dolly at a bus carrying fighters.

He injured several people in the process and causing several fights on the UFC 223 card to be changed or cancelled.

His next court date is July 26 and his team is currently working on a plea deal, and UFC president Dana White has already said that the Irishman's future with UFC won't be sorted out until his court case has concluded.

While he waits for Conor to return, Khabib has said he would be willing to fight either Georges St-Pierre, the winner of Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier, or possibly Tony Ferguson.

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