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UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov dismisses Conor McGregor rematch and targets ‘legacy’ fights with Tony Ferguson and GSP

Khabib Nurmagomedov ruled out a rematch with Conor McGregor and instead targeted ‘legacy’ fights with Tony Ferguson and Georges St-Pierre.

Speaking at a UFC 242 press conference in London, the Lightweight champion refused to overlook his opponent Dustin Poirier ahead of their bout in September.

‘The Diamond’ picked up the interim belt by defeating Featherweight champion Max Holloway in April while Nurmagomedov served his suspension from mixed martial arts.

Khabib Nurmagomedov all-but confirmed he would not fight Conor McGregor again

The Russian clambered over the cage at UFC 229 in the aftermath of his win against McGregor last October and was handed a retrospective nine-month ban and slapped with a $500,000 fine.

But when asked whether a rematch with McGregor was in the pipeline, Nurmagomedov said: “In the last three years, he only has one victory in amateur boxing.

“How does he deserve rematch? He tapped, he begged me; ‘Please don’t kill me.’ Tony Ferguson is on the line, guys with a win streak are on the line, not a guy who didn’t do nothing in three years.”

Ahead of his return, the 27-0 champion signed a new contract.

Khabib is escorted out of the T-Mobile Arena after defeating McGregor in October

According to manager Ali Abdelaziz, one of the clauses included in the deal allowed the Sambo expert to fight former Welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

The Canadian retired from the sport in February, but speculation about a super-fight between the two has been brewing, and Khabib would not be against it happening.

“Honestly, I don’t know if he [GSP] will come back,” Nurmagomedov added.

“If I want to make my legacy big, I have to beat [Tony] Ferguson and GSP, then I can become pound-for-pound number one,” he added.

The Russian wants to define his legacy by beating GSP and Tony Ferguson

Despite his newfound global fame and perfect record, Nurmagomedov is still humble enough to realise he will be in a serious fight in the UAE in three months time.

The Louisiana-native has added some serious names to his resume since moving to the 155-pound division back in 2015.

And Khabib is not planning on being the next to fall victim to the slugger’s incredible rise to the top.

He said: “I don’t want to underestimate Dustin, he’s a tough challenge, right now I don’t want to think about other opponents.”

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