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Cormier believes McGregor won't improve in rematch .

Daniel Cormier doesn't want to see Khabib vs McGregor rematch

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Following the extraordinary events of UFC 229 and Conor McGregor's defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, there has only been one question on most fight fans lips: 'what next?'

The post-fight brawl means the dust is still settling around Nurmagomedov's future with threats to quit UFC being shared on Twitter, and a rumour that he would fight Floyd Mayweather being quashed.

McGregor himself is under mandatory instruction from the UFC to observe a medical suspension until November, but is unlikely to fight until next year.

There is speculation as to wether McGregor would want a rematch with the Nurmagomedov or whether he would seek to settle his record against American fighter Nate Diaz. 

Now, fellow UFC star, and gym partner of Nurmagomedov Daniel Cormier has suggested that Notorious would be unwise to seek a rematch as he can't see the Irishman improving enough to overcome 'The eagle'.

Cormier said on Monday, via MMA Fighting: “I thought Khabib fought beautifully.

"I thought he implemented the game plan that he wanted to implement, fought the way that he wanted to fight and did exactly what he needed to do."

However, the American was still very impressed with what he saw from McGregor, despite the Irishman eventually losing out in the fourth round.

“Honestly man, that first take-down, I was like wow, he really made Nurmagomedov work for this take-down. Because this is what we say at [The American Kickboxing Academy] — we try to get you lost in the sauce. We want to get you lost in the sauce, right?

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

"When we’re on a leg, we want to give you one take-down attempt; okay, you’ll defend; two, you’ll defend; three, then you start going, ‘okay, wait a minute,’ then you start to get lost. You get lost in all the different transitions, from move to move to move, and eventually we get you down. And once we get you down, obviously it’s very difficult to get back up.

“McGregor didn’t get lost in it. Khabib had to go to level four to get that first take-down. He went high crotch, he went crackdown, he went ‘try to get the angle,’ he tried to run the pipe, then he actually had to go to his knees, look across the back to get to a double just to get Conor down the first time.

"Conor didn’t get lost. He really did a good job, and that’s why if you’re Team McGregor, there’s cause for concern, because I don’t know if he could do that any better and he still got beat in the way that he got beat.

“That’s why, I think if you’re Team McGregor, you’d be concerned about a fight with Nurmagomedov, because I don’t think he could defend any better, I thought that was as good as he could do, because he did a good job and I don’t know if he could do it any better.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

"Nurmagomedov is going to go to level five, and he going to go to level six, and he’s going to just keep putting different things behind each other until eventually you kinda can’t keep up."

Wherever McGregor goes next it is sure to be explosive, but if Cormier is right, it is probably best that the Irishman looks beyond a rematch with Nurmagomedov to get himself back into winning ways.

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