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A year ago and to this day, Khabib Nurmagomedov left MMA. And it was two years ago to this day that Conor McGregor wondered if he really represented Russia. Check out our coverage of the latter in this article, presented in original, unaltered form, courtesy of the MMA News Archive.
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 24, 2019, 1:07 PM]
Conor McGregor believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov is afraid to fight him in Moscow and doubts Eagle’s loyalty to Russia.
McGregor held a press conference in Moscow today (October 24). During a press conference, Notorious announced that his return to the UFC is set for January 18 in Las Vegas. While McGregor did not reveal his rival, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani revealed that Donald Cerrone and Justin Getjee are playing with Cowboy in the lead.
Conor McGregor blows up Khabib, calls into question loyalty to Russia
Unsurprisingly, McGregor took aim at UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov. McGregor stated that Nurmagomedov does not represent Russia, his home country (via BJPenn.com).
“For some reason he is afraid of the Moscow fight,” McGregor said (video via SPORTbible). “I’m not sure if he represents Russia? I don’t think he really represents Russia. I have never seen this man represent Russia in my life. Have you ever seen him raise the Russian flag, how I proudly raise the Irish flag? I have never seen him in my life. He escapes from the battle in Moscow. The public wants it. People want it. His own father wants it. He doesn’t want that. “
McGregor has not competed since October 2018, when he was introduced by Nurmagomedov in a failed bid for a second UFC lightweight title. After the duel, a scuffle ensued between both teams. This was due to bad blood between both sides who entered the fray.
During the fight week of UFC 223, Nurmagomedov and his team met with Artyom Lobov in the lobby of a New York hotel. McGregor and his group replied that they flew to New York and attacked the bus in which Nurmagomedov was.