Khabib Nurmagomedov sends a familiar message to rival Conor McGregor
Following the conclusion of last night’s pay-per-view event in Brooklyn, UFC President confirmed that both Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson had been stripped of their respective UFC lightweight titles.
Dana White confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov has "the only belt" in the lightweight division. Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson have officially been stripped. #UFC223
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) April 8, 2018
Conor McGregro being stripped of his lightweight title made a lot of sense as the Irishman had not competed since capturing the belt in November of 2016 by knocking out then champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
With that said, Tony Ferguson being stripped of his UFC lightweight interim title did come as a bit of a surprise. “El Cucuy” had just won the strap this past fall and was forced out of this weekend’s main event after a freak accident.
Khabib Nurmagomedov addressed a potential fight with Conor McGregor, who was taken in to custody earlier this week for attacking the UFC fighter bus, during last night’s UFC 223 post-fight press conference.
“We have to finish this beef, chicken or something like this,” Nurmagomedov said at the UFC 223 press conference (via MMAjunkie) “He have to stop eating Burger Kings. You want to fight? Come. I told you guys, I’m going to make him humble. I’m going to change his game. Now only one champion. No more fake champions, no more champion who never defend his title or something like this. Now UFC has champion, and this champion wants to defend his title. You want to fight? Come here. Inside the cage? Come. Outside the cage? Come. Let me know without camera, without like all this media.”
“I hope he’s going to fight… we have to fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “Like make World Tour. Everywhere, like Tokyo, Moscow, Dublin, Los Angeles, Rio. Big world tour, promote this fight and fight end of year, biggest arena in the world. Madison Square Garden. … I’m here. He want to become lightweight champion? He have to fight with me. No more all these fake champions. You guys remember when he put tweet, ‘Beg me.’ Please beg me.”
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