Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Conor McGregor’s retirement is a bluff, and it’s understandable why he’d think this given the Irishman’s history of pulling publicity stunts.
Notorious announced on Twitter last week that he was quitting mixed martial arts, meaning we’d no longer see the Irishman take to the Octagon again.
However, his most recent opponent Khabib doesn’t believe this is truly the case.
Nurmagomedov, speaking to a Russian University, said, according to the Daily Mail, that McGregor couldn’t reach a deal with the UFC, and it’s so they feel they’ve lost him and they could lose money.
Khabib then said: “I don’t think he’s finished.”
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McGregor has retired from the UFC before remember, in 2016, but then two days later diminished his retirement and returned to the Octagon.
However, it has been a week since he tweeted: “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I will now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
The former two-weight world champion is now entering the business world with his new ‘Proper Twelve’ whiskey – inspired from his home of district twelve in Dublin in which he says he learned the values of hard work and how to fight.
Before his retirement announcement, McGregor had not won a fight since beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, which earned him the status of UFC’s first ever two-weight world champion at featherweight and lightweight.
Khabib admits he wants his return to the Octagon, but after his fellow partners in crime sanctions have ended too.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were each banned for one year for being involved in the brawl that escalated after Khabib choked out the Irishman. On said matter, Khabib said: “They were banned because of me.”
Who knows, maybe one day the Irishman will pick up the gloves and head back into the Octagon one more time.