Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father has confirmed his son WILL fight Conor McGregor after Tony Ferguson, but only if the UFC pay up $100million.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has guided his son from his days wrestling bears right up until the current day as undisputed lightweight champion.
Despite being 28-0 and having arguably lost just one round in his professional MMA career, ‘The Eagle’ has nothing but the utmost respect for his father and his word is practically gospel for the lightweight champion.
Fans will finally get to see Khabib defend his title against Tony Ferguson, having told ‘The Notorious’ he will only get a rematch after winning at least 10 fights in a row.
When the Irishman insulted the Nurmagomedov family and the religion of Islam, their 2018 lightweight title fight became personal and the spite and venom which erupted after the fight in Las Vegas saw heavy sanctions and fines for both men.
However, in light of McGregor’s successful return to the octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has admitted a rematch is not beyond the realms of possibility.
“We also need revenge against Conor,” the elder Nurmagomedov told RIA Novosti (via MMA Mania). “But give us $100m.
“The day after the fight against Ferguson, give us that amount and then why not get revenge?
“I don’t know, maybe Dana White wants to arrange it (for that amount), he needs that fight.”
Fans had not seen McGregor in the octagon since he was mauled in four rounds by Khabib at UFC 229.
However, it took just 40 seconds for the former two-weight world champion to get his first win since 2016 as he demolished ‘Cowboy’ using a mixture of strikes.
In doing so, McGregor became the first fighter in history to get knockout victories in the featherweight, lightweight and now welterweight division.
But Khabib’s father was far from impressed with what he saw from the Irishman.
“Nothing surprising, I saw nothing new,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is the 170 pound weight division, where the strongest fighters are gathered, regardless of weight category.
“Therefore, I think that absolutely nothing has changed in this weight, the current champion has remained on the throne.”
“The top contender for the lightweight title is Tony Ferguson,” Nurmagomedov added. “If Conor wants to prove something at welterweight, then there are Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal — these are the greatest fighters.
“McGregor and Cerrone in this weight aren’t even top ten.”