UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has ruled out a rematch with Conor McGregor saying the Irishman doesn’t deserve the opportunity.
Speaking at the first press conference for his upcoming UFC 242 main event against interim champion Dustin Poirier, Nurmagomedov questioned why there was even any talk of him facing McGregor again.
“The last three years he has only one victory and amateur boxing. How does he deserve a rematch?” Nurmagomedov said. “He tapped. He begged me, ‘Please don’t kill me.’ Now he’s talking about a rematch?
“Tony Ferguson [is] on the line. People who have win streaks [are] on the line. But not the guy who don’t win nothing the last three years. … Right now I’m focused on Sept. 7.”
Nurmagomedov’s dismissal of a rematch comes just a week after McGregor’s other longtime rival Nate Diaz ruled out a trilogy bout with McGregor.
Diaz claimed that he was “not interested in it at all” and also cited McGregor’s recent downturn in form as a reason for his indifference to the situation.
McGregor has yet to win a professional fight since 2016 and has gone 2-2 in his last four fights in MMA. ‘The Notorious One’ most recently suffered a fourth-round submission loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in a one-sided fight.