It has been over a year since two giants of MMA Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor took centre stage at UFC 229, resulting in a remarkable win for the Russian champion.
The UFC lightweight champion made his arch-rival McGregor tap out in the fourth round of the showdown back in 2018.
The showcase event in Las Vegas was the headline news across all of combat sport, starting from the build-up to the heated press conferences and controversies that followed during the aftermath of the contest.
Khabib has now admitted that despite Conor preparing for his comeback to the Octagon, he is not interested to square off against the former champion once again.
During a recent interview, the 31-year-old said: “Honestly I don't think he wants that fight. How is that so? I beat him up for four rounds.
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“I beat him and choked him and he tapped.
It was a sign he didn't want to be there, 'let me go please' and all that. And how he wants the rematch.
The Irishman has not fought since the defeat, but is on course for his long-awaited return in Las Vegas on January 18 as announced in Moscow this month.
Khabib is adamant that McGregor needs to earn his right of a rematch with the champ.
“First of all, he has to earn it. We're in the fourth year since his last victory,” he added.
“It's been three years and now we're in the fourth. In order to fight for the title I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC.
“That's not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight I earned it not with my mouth, but with my actions.
“That's where we're different. He talks about it, I just do it.
“It's nice for me, because even when I keep quiet and even when I don't say anything, people can weigh it up for themselves. 'Hang on, this guy talks and this guy just acts'.
“Just talking is one thing, but when it comes to doing it, he's completely different.
“So for me there are no kind of announcements or insults. He's an idiot. We don't pay attention to idiots.”News Now - Sport News