No matter what either Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor do, they seemed destined to reunite eventually.
Khabib is set to meet Justin Gaethje with the UFC lightweight title on the line at UFC 254 on October 24 while McGregor is sitting in retirement.
Khabib (left) and Gaethje (right) are arguably two of the lightweight division’s best fighters at the moment and they’ll collide in October
It’s almost certain the Irishman’s retirement is another power play in a bid to get what he wants from UFC and that was originally a bout with Gaethje this summer for the right to face Khabib.
Of course, McGregor lost to the Russian at UFC 229 via submission and he has made no secret of his desire to face Khabib again.
With all the challengers Khabib has coming for his pristine 28-0 record, Brett Okamoto of ESPN asked The Eagle’s coach, Javier Mendez, which fighter represents the sternest test to his fighter.
Which fighter represents the toughest fight for Khabib stylistically: Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje or Conor McGregor?
“Conor, hands down,” Mendez replied.
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Khabib and Mendez will link up once Ramadan is over in September ahead of the Gaethje bout and it will be Nurmagomedov’s first camp without his father, Abdulmanap, who sadly passed away last month.
Speaking before Khabib’s last outing against Poirier – which will be 14 months ago by the time Khabib steps into the octagon to face Gaethje – Mendez had the same outlook when it came to McGregor being his fighter’s most dangerous opponent.
Its still Conor, even though people may disagree with me, Mendez said. I think Conor is the toughest fight to date. Conor was dangerous. Any time you let Conor unleash any striking he could put you out.
You let Conor get in his groove, he would have done some amazing damage. Hes still one of the guys I would do more homework on.
Conor McGregor remains desperate to avenge his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib has shown precious little interest in facing McGregor again unless he earns his opportunity.
Notorious obliterated UFC legend Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds back in January and was planning on an active 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic took ahold.
UFC bosses are known to want to make the fight again as UFC 229 stands as the highest grossing event in the company’s history and by some distance – is it inevitable they will meet again?