We haven’t seen a whole lot of drama between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov as both fighters concentrate on training leading up to their October 6th fight at UFC 229. There was, of course, that incident during UFC 223 fight week that saw McGregor throw a dolly through a bus window. Since then? Not much, other than one particularly nasty Instagram message from Conor directed to Khabib’s father and coach Abdulmanap, calling the Nurmagomedovs ‘quivering cowards.’
Now Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is responding, and it sounds like he’s not letting McGregor’s antics bother him.
”Mentally they can’t get (under our skin),” he told RT. “In that aspect we are standing firm. We are even letting certain things pass. But we are not forgiving anything. The cage and the fight are still ahead.”
And while Abdulmanap understands McGregor is the money fight, he sounds more excited about Khabib facing off with several other names at 155 pounds.
“For the hype, for the money, to bury Conor’s era it is even better for us,” he said. “But if we talk purely sportswise, we still want the Ferguson fight. I really want him to come back and defeat Pettis. The intrigue is still there, and the whole world is interested (in the Ferguson fight). It would be 11 and 0 Khabib [in the UFC], 11 and 0 for him. And the fight that hasn’t happened yet.”
He also made it clear that Georges St-Pierre is at the top of his son’s wish list.
“Georges St-Pierre, who has never been defeated as a champion at 170 (pounds). He came back and took the belt from (Michael) Bisping at 185 (lbs). It’s always been a dream fight for me. I’ve been following him for a long time. He is a Hall of Famer. He showcased so much in this sport.”
With Georges St-Pierre looking ready to jump into competition at 155 pounds any day now, Abdulmanap could get what he wants. All Khabib has to do is beat Conor McGregor. No sweat?