Will Conor McGregor climb UFC mountain again? Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t think so.
The Russian hung up his gloves while on top when he ‘mentally broke’ Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title game at UFC 254 and looks likely to stay in retirement.
His crowning glory, however, came two years earlier, at UFC 229, when he subdued McGregor and many have craved a rematch since.
It seemed like a possibility until Dustin Poirier viciously knocked out McGregor at UFC 257 in January and in an interview with ACA fighter Magomed Ismailov, Khabib now thinks his rival’s time at the top. is over.
“Never, Khabib responded when asked if McGregor could claim the title again. “It’s impossible that a man can be at the top twice. I’m not talking about [only McGregor].
“What I mean is that a man cannot have two prime numbers. A team could do it. For example, Real Madrid have done it several times in a row. Teams can have it, but we’re talking about us and a man, alone, can’t have it.
It’s hard to dispute what Khabib says in so many ways. Someone like Mike Tyson was able to win the world title after spending time in prison, but was he the same fighter he originally was? Most would agree that he was not.
McGregor has never served his sentence behind bars, but could indeed win a world title again, but will he ever be the brash and hungry KO King he once was?
UFC President Dana White believes McGregor is ‘obsessed’ with completing his trilogy with Poirier and all signs point to the two meeting up again this summer.
If McGregor wins the rubber match, he’ll instantly find himself in the title image rightly or wrongly.