Khabib Nurmagomedov tells Conor McGregor to stick to TV commercials.
If UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor knows what’s best for him, he’ll steer well clear of the Octagon and stick to promoting television commercials instead.
That’s according to top-ranked UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, who mocked McGregor for his new Burger King commercial and told the Irishman that the UFC is for ‘real fighters’.
“I don’t know why they talk about this. A lot of people call him like a king but he’s not like a king. He’s now Burger King. Now he’s Burger King,” Nurmagomedov told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports! in a recent interview (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Weekly). “He has money, he has good life, he’s a famous guy. I think it’s better for him if he stay away from good fighters in the lightweight division. For me, too, because when you go to the cage with me it’s not like you’re going to cage with Burger King. This is different. That’s why he has to stay away.
“He has money, he’s already the UFC champ, he’s a two division champ, everything is good. Stay away. This is not a Burger King’s sport. This is for real fighters.”
McGregor, 29, captured the UFC lightweight title in 2016 but has yet to defend it, opting instead to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring in what became one of the biggest fights in combat sports history.
McGregor hasn’t set foot in the Octagon in well over a year, and Nurmagomedov, who is set to challenge Tony Ferguson for the undisputed lightweight title next month, doesn’t think ‘The Notorious’ will fight any legitimate contenders in his UFC return.
“I don’t think he’s going to come back and fight real fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “I think he wants easy fights like when he fights [Floyd] Mayweather. He don’t need to come back preparing for five rounds, versus tough wrestling guy who is going to take you down and smash your face. He has to look nice to promote something like Burger [King] or other businesses. He has to look nice.
“Why does he have to come back for somebody to smash his face? Stay away from this. This is the UFC, baby.”
Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov will square off for the lightweight championship (McGregor is expected to be stripped of the belt) in the UFC 223 main event. The pay-per-view extravaganza takes place next month, April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.