Khabib’s manager taunts Conor McGregor for only fighting stars who have ‘lost twice’ and tells him to take on Ferguson – The Sun
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV'S manager taunted Conor McGregor for only facing fighters who have "lost twice" and told him to take on Tony Ferguson.
Ferguson, 36, was dominated by Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 as he lost his chance to challenge lightweight king Nurmagomedov, who was forced out of his title defence amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gaethje will now unify the interim belt against unbeaten Khabib, despite McGregor insisting online the Russian will "bottle" out of the fight opening the door for him to fight for the title.
But manager Ali Abdelaziz told Ferguson that he is now suited to fight McGregor, as the Irishman – who beat Donald Cerrone in January – only faces stars on losing streaks.
Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports: “With McGregor, his standards you have to be coming off of two losses to fight so maybe him and Tony can fight.
"He took a lot of damage. This guy has a family and I don’t want to see him drinking soup out of a straw.”
Cerrone lost his last two fights, against Ferguson and Gaethje, before McGregor knocked him out.
And 31-year-old Nurmagomedov had demanded The Notorious earns a rematch before he fights him again.
Abdelaziz, who also manages Gaethje, insisted the 33-year-old American would not pick a fight against McGregor over his title shot, even if it earned him more money.
He said: “Khabib will never pass Justin Gaethje for Conor.
"Justin Gaethje has so much integrity, he will never tell the UFC ‘Oh, you know, I’m gonna fight Conor and forget about Khabib right?’. That man wants to be a champion. At the end of the day, (McGregor) has got to fight.
“If he thinks he’s gonna sit out and fight the winner of him, no. No, Khabib said you need more wins. You need to stay more active.”
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