UFC President Dana White has responded after Khabib Nurmagomedov accused the promotion of letting his rival Conor McGregor handpick opponents.
Earlier this week, TMZ spoke with the UFC’s reigning lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA), who suggested that the Ultimate Fighting Championship allows the Irish star to handpick his opponents.
According to ‘The Eagle’, the promotion set Conor McGregor up with an “easy fight” in Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, and is now looking to cash-in on a rematch.
UFC President Dana White responded to those accusations in a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
“Yea, first of all, Conor McGregor does not handpick his opponents,” White stated. “You know, Conor McGregor has fought anybody that we have asked him to fight and who has been available. I mean guys have pulled out on Conor 2 or 3 times, Conor literally went to the gym and said ‘Ok who am I fighting.'”
Dana White was then asked to share his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov suggesting that Donald Cerrone was an easy fight for Conor McGregor.
“They hate each other. They hate each other. If you think that you’re going to do an interview with Khabib and he’s going to say great things about Conor McGregor… It is never going to happen. And if you interview Conor, he’s never going to say great things about Khabib. They hate each other.”
Dana White went on to confirm that his hope is to setup a rematch between Conor and Khabib, this if ‘The Eagle’ can get by Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April.
“Yeah. Khabib, if he wins. But I don’t know if Conor wants to wait for him. We will see what happens. Conor might not wait.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov first met at UFC 229, with the Russian emerging victorious by way of fourth round submission.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com February 29, 2020