Conor McGregor To Khabib Nurmagomedov: “Get On Your F**king Knees And Beg Me” For Fight

Bryan Brandom
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Khabib Nurmagomedov was feeling so good after his dominant victory over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 that he thought he could take both the UFC lightweight champion and interim champion in one night: Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, respectively.

“Maybe, if UFC approve, I can fight with these guys same night,” Nurmagomedov said during his post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I swear, I don’t joke. If UFC makes this, I can fight same night. I can fight with this guy same fight. Why not? Right now I’m fresh, I fight with Edson Barboza 15 minutes. You know?”

As one might expect, McGregor responded in his famously reserved, carefully worded fashion.

Ah, I so cherish the Irish poets.

The undefeated Nurmagomedov then resorted to stooping to McGregor’s level via Twitter.

McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since he took the lightweight crown from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, but he still holds his belt thanks to UFC president Dana White’s lacking the stones to strip the promotion’s biggest star of the title. The Irishman has made it fairly apparent he won’t return to the octagon unless he’s bowled over with financial incentives, particularly after the haul from his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

But if that happens, he’ll have his pick of fights—a unification bout with Ferguson, a title defense against the undefeated Nurmagomedov, or the completion of his trilogy with Nate Diaz.