Conor McGregor isn’t 100 percent sure if Khabib Nurmagomedov will make the walk to the Octagon on Saturday – and for good reason.
Khabib has pulled out of four bouts since joining the UFC in 2012, as the undefeated Dagestani has suffered with recurring injuries and weight cutting problems. ‘The Eagle’ pulled out of two scheduled bouts with Donald Cerrone in 2014/2015 and has been forced from two fights with Tony Ferguson – once due to injury and the other a failed weight cut at UFC 209.
McGregor, who will challenge Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 229, initially wasn’t going to accept a replacement fight if his opponent ‘bottled’ it at the last minute.
“I’ve already been mapping out what I want to do next,” McGregor told The Mac Life in a recent interview.
“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’. No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.”
As the fight draws nearer, however, ‘The Notorious’ is willing to fight Tony Ferguson or Anthony Pettis should Nurmagomedov not make weight on Friday. Ferguson and Pettis are scheduled to lock horns in the UFC 229 co-main event.
“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those,” McGregor said.
McGregor also seems interested in a potential bout with Georges St-Pierre, who has teased at cutting to 155 lbs. in the future.
“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.”
The UFC 229 pay-per-view takes place this Saturday, October 6 a the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.