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Conor McGregor’s coach offers honest take on Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement call

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Conor McGregor’s head coach admits he was saddened by Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement – because he wants his fighter to gain revenge over the Russian.

McGregor is hoping a win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 can catapult him into a rematch against Nurmagomedov, who called time on his career last year.

The Dagestan native has said he will fight again – but only if one of his lightweight rivals impresses him at Fight Island this weekend.

'The Eagle' retired as undefeated lightweight champion after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, having promised his mother he wouldn't fight again following the death of his father.

And McGregor's coach John Kavanagh said he was dejected by Nurmagomedov's decision – but only because McGregor wants another shot at him.

Asked if he was sad about Nurmagomedov hanging up his gloves, Kavanagh told The Sun : "Yeah, of course.

"He was the undefeated UFC lightweight champion. There's no competitor that wouldn't want to test themselves against that guy."

Nurmagomedov, who defeated McGregor in 2018, last week told UFC president Dana White he would come out of retirement to target a 30th unbeaten fight if one of his rivals did "something spectacular" this weekend.

After their meeting, White said: "Basically the way that he feels right now is, he's accomplished everything he set out to accomplish.

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"He thought that [Charles] Oliveira looked really good in his last fight against Tony Ferguson.

"So next Saturday we've got the McGregor/Poirier fight and [Michael] Chandler and [Dan] Hooker on there.

"So his words to me were, 'I'm going to watch this fight. I would never tie up the division.

"These guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight.'"

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McGregor insists Khabib is “afraid” to lock horns with him again.

He said in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani: “I think [Khabib’s] afraid to fight me. That’s for damn sure and I don’t blame him.

“I fought the best of him on that night, he fought the worst of me on that night.

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“He knows it, I know it, his team knows it. I have the answer to destroy that man.”

McGregor is due to go head-to-head with Poirier January 23 in a re-run of their 2014 encounter, in which the Irishman claimed a stoppage victory.

  • Conor Mcgregor
  • Dana White
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • UFC

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