In what was one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round to achieve his first starting defense in the stellar UFC 229 .
However, despite the outcome of that fight, the Irishman, who returns to the Octagon on January 18 after more than a year to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 , believes that Nurmagomedov fears the idea of a rematch.
“He is shaking. That man is shaking, “McGregor told The Mac Life (via MMA Junkie.” He doesn’t want the fight. He doesn’t want it. You know why. He’s trying not to lose again. Things don’t smell good. That’s everything, he’s scared, that’s it, everyone wants the fight, the boss wants it, Dana (White) wants it, we all want the fight, he can run but he can’t hide. ”
McGregor not only believes that the Russian avoids a rematch against him, but that he was winning the first fight until before being subjected with a lever around his neck.
“In my mind, I won the first round. I hit more punches than him. All right, he had a better position on the canvas, but I connected more than him. What did he do in the first round? In the second round he ran. He achieved that stroke of luck and had a great second round. What happened after? He was winning the third round and even in the first exchanges of the fourth. I was winning the fourth until that demolition. ”
More than the time he was idle, McGregor believes that his horrible camp had a lot to do with defeat.
“That defeat was after a horrible camp in which I was very disrespectful to people who believe in me. It was disrespectful to my team because of my lack of commitment, and yet I went out and competed as I did. ”
Although his fight with Cerrone will be played at 170 pounds, according to Dana White, a victory would give the former two-time champion a starting chance against Nurmagomedov as long as the Russian defends his crown against Tony Ferguson at UFC 248 .