Conor McGregor will get a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov because there is still “bad blood” to settle.
The Russian UFC lightweight champion chokedMcGregor to victory in October 2018 but the pair have kept their bitter feud alive. Nurmagomedov, 31, has since defended his belt against Dustin Poirer at UFC 241 in Abu Dhabi but an injury to The Notorious’ left hand halted a 2019 return for the Irishman.
But McGregor will return against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 in January with the bout set at welterweight, as the 31-year-old searches for his first win in three years. Despite the winless run, and comeback fight a division above lightweight, UFC boss Dana White insisted the Irish star is deservant of the next shot Khabib’s belt.
He said: “Look what Conor’s done over the last however many years. Then he loses to Khabib in a fight that was – when you talk about bad blood – it’s like the next level of bad blood.” So Conor’s in line next for this [title] fight if he beats Cowboy.”
McGregor will return against striker Cerrone in Las Vegas, with the American on a two-fight losing streak, competing at 155lbs. White claimed the pay-per-view clash taking place at welterweight is so the lightweight pair can eliminate a grueling weight cut. He explained: “It’s a 155 fight that they are not cutting weight for. And realistically, when Conor said I want to do this fight at 170, and then gave me the reason that he wanted to do it, I was like ‘yeah, there is no way Cowboy is going to argue with that’. Why cut the weight if they both agree they don’t want to cut weight?”
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