Sport Nurmagomedov slapped McGregor with a fresh ultimatum, and it highlights how much power the Irishman has lost in recent years
Conor McGregor has accepted a UFC lightweight bout against Dustin Poirier providing it meets one condition
Conor McGregor wants to fight Dustin Poirier in a high-stakes rematch next month. The winner could face Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2021."Dustin, I accepted the UFC offer to fight you but told them it must happen in 2020," McGregor said Thursday on Twitter.
- Conor McGregor has been given yet another ultimatum.
- One week after McGregor bowed to the UFC's take-it-or-leave-it offer, Khabib Nurmagomedov has told the Irishman he either fights Poirier at lightweight, or he kisses a lucrative title rematch goodbye.
- McGregor is supposed to be fighting Dustin Poirier in January and victory over the Louisianan would likely propel the Irishman into a title shot against Nurmagomedov.
- But McGregor's trainer John Kavanagh recently said the Poirier match could take place at welterweight.
- Nurmagomedov said this week that if the Poirier fight takes place at lightweight a rematch makes sense, but if it's at 170 pounds then it's "bye-bye."
FIGHT ISLAND — Khabib Nurmagomedov has slapped Conor McGregor with another ultimatum, and it shows how much power the Irishman has lost in recent years.
Conor McGregor's long-time trainer suggested the UFC fight against Dustin Poirier will be in the welterweight division
A Conor McGregor victory over Dustin Poirier might not force a mandatory shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov's lightweight title.It would be the second successive bout at the 170-pound limit for McGregor, having beaten Donald Cerrone in January.
McGregor, 32, is not used to being bossed around but this is the second time in as many weeks that he has been told what to do.
The former two-weight UFC champion wanted to organize a charity exhibition involving Dustin Poirier in Dublin later this year, but those plans were nixed when the UFC got involved and offered a pro bout between the pair instead.
McGregor then demanded to fight in November or December, but UFC president Dana White said the company's end-of-year schedule is set and if he wants to fight, there's a date in January for him which he could take or leave.
"It's a yes or no answer,".
That fight, tentatively scheduled for January 23, appears to be all but confirmed pending an official bout agreement.
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Almost a week later, McGregor has been given a second ultimatum, this time by Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov said that if McGregor fought at 170-pounds rather than the lightweight limit of 155-pounds then he can kiss a lucrative lightweight rematch goodbye.
"If he fights 170, bye-bye," Nurmagomedov said on thePodcast.
Both McGregor and the UFC want him to get another shot at Nurmagomedov
McGregor wants to fight Nurmagomedov again having lost to the Dagestan sambo specialist via fourth round submission in 2018.
White has also publicly expressed an eagerness to get a second fight between the rivals organized.
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Not long after McGregor had defeated Donald Cerrone in January, White told a room-filled with the world's fight media that a Nurmagomedov bout should be next.
Much has happened between then and now, including a pandemic and the emergence of Justin Gaethje, who fights Nurmagomedov on Saturday infinale in Abu Dhabi.
If McGregor wants to use Poirier as a springboard to a rematch then he has to take the fight at the lightweight limit of 155-pounds, Nurmagomedov insists.
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"If he beats [Poirier] at 155, it makes sense, but if they fight at 170, how can you fight at 170 and [then in the] next fight you can fight at 155? They want to make everything easy," Nurmagomedov said.
"If you want to take the easy way, you never deserve the next title shot."
Nurmagomedov added: "Remember, before I fought him, I told him, 'I'm going to make you humble, and I'm going to put you in line.
"Now, after two years, people understand my word. I'm going to put him in line, and I'm going to make the decision. If he fights 170, bye-bye."
Khabib Nurmagomedov leaves the sport just as he promised his father he would: Perfect
Nurmagomedov was dominant once again at UFC 254 and fulfilled his promise to his dad, AbdulmanapWalking away at the peak of his powers at age 32, Nurmagomedov surprised the mixed martial arts world by laying his gloves down in the center of the Octagon on Saturday at UFC 254 to signal retirement, moments after a perfect performance fitting a man owning a gaudy 29-0 record.
McGregor has lost the power he once had
McGregor was once so powerful when it came to the business of combat sports, that he was able to speak his 2017 fight against Floyd Mayweather into existence, and then convince some people that he actually had a chance of winning.
The striker was stopped on his feet in the 10th round by an old boxing master, but earned a career-high payday of $100 million,.
The Irishman then returned to the UFC's Octagon in 2018 and headed straight into a title fight against Nurmagomedov, but was beaten convincingly.
McGregor didn't fight again until earlier this year, annihilating Cerrone — a fighter who had lost twice in a row before his UFC 246 date in Las Vegas.
"[McGregor is] losing his clout,". "I don't mean with the general public, but with fighters."
Gaethje was speaking shortly after giving one of the combat performances of the year when he bludgeoned Tony Ferguson en route to a fifth round stoppage in the UFC's first pandemic-era card in May.
The victory earned him the momentum Ferguson had previously built having enjoyed a 12-fight and eight-year winning streak.
Khabib Nurmagomedov didn't want to hurt Justin Gaethje too badly because he knew the American's parents were watching
Khabib Nurmagomedov considered potentially bone-breaking finishes at UFC 254 but used a choke so Justin Gaethje's parents didn't see him in pain.Gaethje flew his mother and father business class to Abu Dhabi, and said throughout the build-up to his UFC lightweight championship fight that he was going to earn enough to ensure his mom would be able to retire after 35 years as a postmaster.
He won the interim lightweight title, forcing a unification bout with Nurmagomedov.
"McGregor doesn't hold the cards right now," Gaethje said in May.
"I put myself in a great position. I asked for a say in my destiny, and I showed up.
"Dana White laughed whenever they told him Conor said he was fighting me. He said, 'No, Gaethje is fighting Khabib.'
"You're still worth all the money in the game, that's true. But you're losing clout when it comes to inside the game."
To get back to the highest echelons of world mixed martial arts, McGregor has little choice but to do what Nurmagomedov says.
'There's a good chance' Khabib Nurmagomedov will make a sensational comeback and fight again, UFC boss Dana White said .
"Khabib and I have been talking," the UFC President Dana White said. "His dad wanted him to get to 30-0 and I think he wants to honor his dad's wish."The UFC lightweight champion retained his title with a second-round triangle choke submission win over the American striking maestro Justin Gaethje at the behind-closed-doors UFC 254 event on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, on October 24.