UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov discussed his future plans after UFC 249, suggesting that he wants to become the greatest Lightweight champion in MMA history.
“The Eagle” is set to take on Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The pair have previously been scheduled to fight 4 times in the past with both fighters having to pull out twice due to injuries and weight cutting issues.
UFC 249 will mark the 5th time that Nurmagomedov and Ferguson are scheduled to meet in the Octagon. The two fighters got the chance to get reacquainted at UFC 249 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas on Friday.
After some trash talk, the two men faced off in a heated staredown, which resulted in Nurmagomedov booting Ferguson’s interim belt, forcing Dana White and the security to have to seperate them.
In a recent interview with ESPN Nurmagomedov talked about what Ferguson said to him at the press conference that angered him so much that he kicked his belt. Nurmagomedov also talked about what the future holds for him after UFC 249.
“Drama and money… This is Conor (McGregor). But, if you talk about real fight.. I don’t know,” Nurmagomedov said. “Like, we have a lot of very good fighters, but if I fight with them I am going to be a big favorite. It is not like versus Tony or these other guys. I am going to be a big favorite. Does this make sense or no? We have to think.”
The Dagestani champion was also asked if he will rematch Conor McGregor in the future.
“Uhhh. Like, people ask me when after Conor they gave me Dustin Poirier. They ask me ‘Where do you get motivation?’, you know? I fight. You know, when I fight I have big motivation. I am hungry. I really want to compete with the best fighters in the world, you know? This is inside my blood. I feel it. You know, I do this all my life. Some people believe me, some people don’t. They think I’m famous, I have money, I have belt, I defend my belt, I just finish the biggest fight in UFC history, you know. In combat sports history.” Khabib said. “Now they give me Dustin Poirier. Where are you going to get motivation they ask. Right now I have it. But we never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 7th March, 2020.