Khabib Says Conor McGregor Rivalry 'Will Never Be Finished,' No Rematch Planned

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 30, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts during a UFC 242 Press Conference at Hotel Cafe Royal on June 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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Don't expect one of the biggest feuds in recent MMA history to end anytime soon.  

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that his rivalry with Conor McGregor will "never be finished" and said he has no interest in a rematch against him at this time.

"Even [the October fight] did not finish it," he said. "Just smash people is not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It's not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. 'Hey, tonight, we're going to war. This is not about fight.'

"It will never be finished. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we're going to fight, 100 percent. It doesn't matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I'm not scared about this. ... They go to hospital and we go to police. That's it."

Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in their only bout via submission at UFC 229 in Oct. 2018, but the rivalry has lasted for years and featured ugly incidents.

Zane Simon of Bloody Elbow did a rundown of some of the events, including McGregor throwing a hand truck at a bus with Nurmagomedov on it before UFC 223 in April 2018 and Nurmagomedov attacking members of McGregor's entourage after UFC 229.

As far as a rematch with McGregor goes, Khabib doesn't "want to fight with a guy who never wins." 

He elaborated to Okamoto:

"This guy [McGregor] have to come back and make nine- or 10-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight. Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, 'Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.' No. Fight. Come back and show who are you.

"Dana [White], no need to call me. Why he have to call me about this fight? We talk with Dana sometimes, he's a good guy, but don't talk with me about this crazy fight. I want to fight real guys -- Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don't want to fight with a guy who never wins."

McGregor may be 2-2 in his last four UFC fights with a win over Eddie Alvarez and a victory and defeat to Nate Diaz at welterweight, but he's one of the more decorated fighters in MMA history. 

The former champion is 21-4 lifetime and won 15 straight bouts from 2011-15. The Khabib match was his last fight in the Octagon.

Khabib, who sports a perfect 27-0 record, is set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

McGregor does not have a fight lined up but told ESPN's Ariel Helwani (h/t ESPN's Marc Raimondi) that he's "eager" to get back to the UFC.