Khabib Nurmagomedov tells Conor McGregor he has just one round to defeat Dustin Poirier or he faces a knockout repeat at UFC 264
Khabib Nurmagomedov believes bitter rival Conor McGregor has just one round to defeat Dustin Poirier or else it will be a repeat of their UFC 257 showdown next month.
‘The Diamond’ gets the chance to prove to the world he is the best lightweight on the planet by defeating McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10.
Although Poirier was offered the chance to fight for the vacant title at 155lbs, he rejected the opportunity to pursue a more lucrative fight with McGregor – a man he knocked out on Fight Island.
Khabib has defeated both men; choking out McGregor at UFC 229 and then defending his UFC title in Abu Dhabi against Poirier 11 months later at UFC 242.
With the Russian now retired, his expert opinion is all he can offer to the world these days, with his experience of facing both men unprecedented.
And while he does give McGregor a chance early on, ‘The Eagle’ insists the window gets smaller the longer the fight goes on for the 32-year-old to avenge the defeat.
“If it’s the first round (for a finish), I’d back Conor,” Nurmagomedov told RT. “From the second round and further, then Dustin wins.”
Perhaps thinking of contingency plans in case he loses, McGregor has seemingly decided on his next career path.
The UFC superstar is planning to open an international pub chain after buying and renovating Dublin’s Black Forge Inn at a cost of €3million (£2.6m).
“With the enjoyment I have had, and am having throughout this whole process, I definitely feel this is only the beginning for me as a publican,” the 32-year-old told The Sunday Business Post .
“Ireland’s public houses are renowned worldwide and it is a great honour to have my own representation now in the mix.
“I will explore other venues across Ireland and overseas for sure.
“I am passionate about hospitality and entertaining, and with the Black Forge I am only beginning.”