Khabib Nurmagomedov has said he no longer feels the need to “crush” Conor McGregor because he claims life has done it before.
Former UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov and McGregor fought in a famous moody title fight in 2018, which ended in chaos after the Russian fighter leapt into the crowd.
Tensions had been mounting between the two for some time, but Nurmagomedov’s late father Abdulmanap urged his son to forgive McGregor for any insults he leveled at him in preparation for the fight.
Nurmagomedov spoke to the BBC about his father, who died months before his last UFC fight with Justin Gaethje, and revealed that he now has a better understanding of what he thinks of McGregor.
Khabib Nurmagomedov on Conor McGregor.
“My father was a different person from me. In some situations, he always had different opinions from mine. When things happened with McGregor, he told me to leave him because Allah always has a plan, he always tests you, ”Nurmagomedov said.
“Even when he spoke badly about my religion, my father said to try to forgive. He used to say I’m an emotional guy so how can I forgive [McGregor]? I have to fight him and crush him.
“I can’t 100% understand my father’s thoughts, but over time I can see him. I don’t need to break it anymore, life has already broken it.
McGregor’s future in the UFC.
McGregor has struggled to get his career back on track after his loss to Nurmagomedov, having lost two of his three UFC fights since then.
Both of those losses came against Dustin Poirier, the second of which ended in bizarre fashion, when McGregor suffered a broken leg while stepping back after a trade with his opponent.
The Dubliner expressed interest in a fourth fight against Poirier, saying their last fight ended in an “illegitimate victory” for the American.
McGregor also insulted current UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski recently, with the Australian fighter saying he was ready to fight the Irishman at either featherweight or lightweight.
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