Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals Conor McGregor's route to a rematch

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Ahead of his return to UFC action this weekend in Abu Dhabi, Khabib has answered the question fans have been asking since UFC 229, will he give Conor McGregor a rematch?

Since his fourth-round submission defeat to the unbeaten Russian, Notorious has been vying for a shot at redemption, however, Khabib revealed he won't be handing the Irishman anything.

UFC's lightweight champion said he wouldn't be tempted by a big money offer, explaining how a win over either Tony Ferguson, Al Iaquinta or Justin Gaethje would be needed before he considers another fight with the controversial former featherweight and lightweight champion.

"I don't think this fight can happen,” Nurmagomedov said of a potential rematch with McGregor in an interview with ESPN, as per Express.

"This guy has to come back and make nine or 10-(fight) win streak, then we're going to fight.

"People who watch this interview, maybe they think, 'Oh he thinks about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for a million dollars, this guy is gonna take this fight.'

Come back and show who you are. Fight with Justin (Gaethje), fight with (Al) Iaquinta, fight with Tony (Ferguson).

"Fight - just show up. When (did) he win last time? Three years ago.

"And this guy wants to fight for the title? No, it's not happening."

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor

Talk of a rematch has overshadowed his return against interim champion Dustin Poirier, who Khabib thinks will be his biggest challenge yet.

“When I watch Dustin Poirier, I think it’s going to be my toughest challenge, but I always think like this.

“Even when I fought Darrell Horcher, I thought, ‘This is going to be my toughest challenge.’

"I don’t want to make a mistake and I don’t want to underestimate this guy.”

With consecutive wins over Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway, Poirier has a habit of beating big names and is looking to make the Dagestani destroyer his latest victory.

UFC 242's main card, headlined by Khabib and Poirier, gets underway this Saturday at 7pm.

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