Conor McGregor thinks UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is walking away with some unfinished business to take care of.
The Irishman is still seeking a rematch with the unbeaten lightweight, who retired in December with a UFC record of 29-0 to keep a promise to his family.
UFC president Dana White held talks with Nurmagomedov on Friday about the prospect of him coming out of retirement for a lucrative rematch, but McGregor feels the Russian is running scared.
“I think he’s afraid to fight me. That’s for damn sure and I don’t blame him. I fought the best of him on that night, he fought the worst of me on that night,” McGregor told ESPN .
“He knows it, I know it, his team knows it. I have the answer to destroy that man, so he can pull the wool over people’s eyes for only so long.
“It is what it is. I know there are surrounding things regarding the family and if he’s retired I wish him well. But I am who I am and I’m at the top so time will show.”
Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) announced his retirement after submitting Justin Gaethje last October but has not yet officially vacated his title. UFC president Dana White is scheduled to meet with Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi and recently admitted that the rematch with McGregor is the fight to make should McGregor get past Dustin Poirier in the UFC 257 main event Jan. 23.