Just as it seems the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor feud may cool down, the tension could soon arise again.
Ever since McGregor and Nurmagomedov were announced to meet in the main-event of UFC 229 for the lightweight world title, things became personal.
The feud began years prior, as Nurmagomedov called ‘The Notorious’ a ‘chicken’ in an attempt to goad the Irishman into a fight.
Someone who didn’t take too kindly to these comments from Nurmagomedov was McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov, who outed his countrymen to Russian media.
These comments made by Lobov stuck with Nurmagomedov, who would then go onto confront McGregor’s teammate prior to UFC 223, the night ‘The Eagle’ captured the lightweight title.
Nurmagomedov’s confrontation with Lobov caused McGregor to take action as the 30-year-old flew over to New York in defence of his close friend, and this is how the infamous bus incident took place.
Logically, a fight between the two rivals was announced for October 6 in Las Vegas, and the build-up to the showdown was dominated by McGregor’s verbal attacks on Nurmagomedov and his team-most notably the champions manager Ali Abdelaziz.
As McGregor was comprehensively beaten by Nurmagomedov, who submitted his opponent in the fourth round via neck crank, the undefeated champion then jumped out of the cage and brawled with The Notorious’ team.
This post-fight brawl has led to suspensions for both fighters, leaving questions over the rematch.
Abdelaziz on a Nurmagomedov Vs McGregor rematch
However, Abdelaziz isn’t certain McGregor’s performance is worthy of a second meeting, and suggested only money will be the reasoning for rematch, as the manager sent a brutal message to the Irishman in an interview with TMZ Sports.
"Maybe, (with a) whole bunch of money get on the table, maybe there'll be a rematch, maybe we'll give a rematch to the guy we just killed,” Abdelaziz said.
"He talked a lot of s--t. He didn't back it up. Embarrassed himself in front of his whole beautiful country of Ireland, his father, his mother, his wife."
When asked who is the biggest star between the two UFC fighters, Abdelaziz pointed to Nurmagomedov’s recent meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin as evidence to his answer, while also mocking McGregor’s new whisky brand ‘Proper Twelve’.
“Come on, man! You have a guy meeting with Putin and (Turkish president Recep Tayyip) Erdogan. And, the other guy selling liquor on the corner store. It's not even in the f--king same planet," Abdelaziz said.
With McGregor occupied selling his whisky, and Nurmagomedov linked with fights against Tony Ferguson or Georges St-Pierre, when will these two fierce rivals meet again?