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Reigning UFC lightweight champion and pound for pound number two, Khabib Nurmagomedov, recently attended a press conference after a charity event.
At the press conference Khabib discussed many things including his upcoming title defence against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April. However, the inevitable topic of conversation came up yet again, will Nurmagomedov rematch Conor McGregor?
An RT Sports translation shows that Nurmagomedov is fully focused on his bout with Ferguson is still confused why people want to see the rematch after such a dominant victory in the first encounter.
“I have a fight on April 18; I have a very serious fight. For the past month and a half, I’ve been consistently training day and night. I’ve gotten myself in good shape, to where I’m supposed to be 70 days before a fight, I feel great. What’ll happen after a fight, no one knows. I don’t worry about it, that’s what they want.
I’m surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him; he even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson.”
Usually in combat sports money is the deciding factor as to whether a fighter is willing to compete and rightfully so; it is prize fighting after all. However, Nurmagomedov insisted no amount of money would sway his decision, the decision is ultimately down to him whether or not he wants to take the fight. A report even asked if a $100 million purse would sway his decision, but the answer was no.
“Why do I need that kind of money, there are so many organizations for example. There’s not only football for the blind, there’s Sambo and other sports. Let [UFC] give it to them, if they don’t know what to do with the money. But giving me $100M for me to beat up that idiot again? I don’t think that’s rational.”