Khabib Nurmagomedov has trashed Conor McGregor’s victory over Donald Cerrone, insisting his rival choose a ‘good opponent’ to get back into the win column against. McGregor picked up a 40-second TKO victory over ‘Cowboy’ last month in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
McGregor’s demolition of Cerrone – whom he met in a welterweight bout – saw him register his first victory in over three years.
The emphatic nature in which the 31-year-old disposed of the future Hall of Famer impressed many. Nurmagomedov, however, isn’t part of that group and believes his predecessor at the summit of the lightweight division chose an easy opponent in ‘Cowboy’
“‘Cowboy’ always lose all his main event fights,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ. “Always. I don’t remember when he win [won one]. And in [his] last 10 fights, I think he lost six or seven times.
“He’s not [a] high-level lightweight or welterweight right now. Of course he has a big name, but his time is finished. Conor picked a very good opponent.”
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He’s not [a] high-level lightweight or welterweight right now. Of course he has a big name, but his time is finished. Conor picked a very good opponent.
Khabib Nurmagomedov on Donald Cerrone’s UFC 246 loss to Conor McGregor
Despite McGregor’s victory over Cerrone taking place at 170lbs, the could have significant ramifications for the lightweight division.
UFC president Dana White is eager for the Irishman to face the winner of Nurmagomedov’s title defence against Tony Ferguson in April, though reports have suggested a fight with the in-form Justin Gaethje is now in the works.
Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe a win over Cerrone should put McGregor anywhere near title contention and believes he should face and defeat a top contender like Gaethje to get himself back into the mix.
He added: “Now he’s come back and he’s beat ‘Cowboy’, who has lost his seven times out of his last ten, they talk about, ‘Okay, this guy come back.’
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“No, he has to fight with really tough opponents. Like Justin Gaethje or something like this. He has to fight [them] and he has to come back to [the] lightweight division, he has to cut weight. This is just my opinion.”
Gaethje – who has won his last three fights via first round stoppage – is eager to test himself against McGregor but believes the former two-division isn’t as keen on the fights as he is.
“The man is not going to fight me,” Gaethje said in a recent video alongside UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. “What the f**k do you gotta do? He’s running out of easy fights.
“I’m sitting here, smoking my CBD, waiting for a motherf**ker to punch me in the face. “Let’s go. Quit being a p***y.”
McGregor did, however, reveal his willingness to face ‘The Highlight’ last month in an interview with The Mac Life, in which he said: “He’s on the list. He is on the list.
“Maybe I will face him next. Maybe I’ll face him next, you know? He has it coming to him.
“I mean laugh at how Justin is behaving. He’s a funny guy. He’s been taking it very to heart, you know? And I know the feeling when you do that.
“So maybe I’ll get through Donald and I’ll have a quick turnaround against Justin. So maybe that’s what will happen. But Justin is on the list, no doubt.”
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