Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has weighed in on multiple developments in the organisation regarding his own status, the title challenge and the latest trilogy win of Dustin Poirier over Conor McGregor.
In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the former No. 1 pound-for-pound martial artist believes that McGregor turned up with a fake attitude in pre-fight events and focus too much on Poirier before the third fight.
Nurmagodevov left the UFC in 2020 after defending his title against interim champion Justin Gaethje.
The Daestgan superstar defeated both McGregor and Poirier via submission before meeting Gaethje in Yas Island right after his father’s demise due to COVID-19.
“He lost so much energy because he tried to get under his skin. Don’t lose energy because why do you have to focus on your opponent? Focus on yourself,” Nurmagomedov told Okamoto.
“Sounds like the same thing that Dustin said, it sounds like noise, you know. He is not him you know, I think he tried to… it was fake Conor in my opinion. Because a couple of months ago we see how he was nice and now… It looks fake, you know, that’s why this trash talk doesn’t work on Dustin Poirier and in my opinion, it was his big mistake.”
A few clips from today’s interview with Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib). We covered a lot of ground, some of which, of course, included Conor McGregor’s last week/weekend. pic.twitter.com/8LtJKHV95Q
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 13, 2021
The Eagle was all praise for the Diamond and felt that he could beat the Irishman every day of the week.
“He had the chance in the second fight, Abu Dhabi, here, nothing happened. Like what’s going to happen? Judges gave for Dustin Poirier like 10-8. He like mauled him in this round. I think if they fight 100 times, Dustin going to beat him 100 times.”
The Dagestani-born claims that McGregor would lose in the next fight after he recovers from his ankle fracture, regardless of who he faces next between Nate Diaz or Poirier.
The Stockton Slugger and Notorious have won once each while Poirier is 2-1 after the last matchup ended in a doctor stoppage and gave a TKO win to the Diamond.
“If you want to come back okay, make him fight one more time with Dustin Poirier and finish this guy, that’s it. What is UFC gonna do with him? or maybe make him fight Nate Diaz, okay. But both of them, I think he’s gonna lose.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov praises Charles Oliviera
Charles Oliviera succeeded Nurmagomedov as the lightweight champion after defeating Michael Chandler at UFC 262.
The Bronx donned the lightweight strap for the first time in his career during his decade-long UFC stint. He knocked out Chandler in the second round to make history.
Khabib heaped praise on the Brazilian star but downplayed talks of his return.
“At that time, it was Khabib time, now Charles time. I’m not gonna just jump to the media and say, ‘Oh I’m gonna come back, fight this guy’. This is not interesting for me. Now it’s like, even if Charles Oliveira beats Justin Gaethje, Islam, Dustin, everybody,” the former champ said.
This is his time, I’m gonna be happy for him. You know, I’m gonna say ‘Congratulations, Charles, you’re doing a very good job.’ As he has right now an eight [fight] win streak, he beat a lot of good guys, most of them, he finished them. It’s good, he’s very impressive.”