‘Scurrying rat’: McGregor’s warning to Khabib Nurmagomedov
CONOR McGregor has blasted "scurrying rat" Khabib Nurmagomedov as the Irishman targets a rematch with his rival after facing Donald Cerrone.
"The Notorious" has been out the cage since October 2018 after being submitted by bitter rival Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
After a year on the sidelines that has involved nursing a hand injury, 31-year-old McGregor, will make his highly anticipated octagon return against veteran "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday, January 18.
The Irish star wants a quick turnaround and another crack at Nurmagomedov's lightweight title, and has sent the unbeaten Russian a message on his Instagram story.
Accompanied with a picture of himself, McGregor wrote, "Little scurrying rat I'm coming".
UFC boss Dana White has already confirmed McGregor is in line for a rematch against Nurmagomedov should he beat Cerrone - despite the fight taking place at welterweight.
However, Nurmagomedov, who will defend his lightweight belt against Tony Ferguson in April, has insisted he will not give McGregor a rematch.
The 31-year-old grappler has thrown doubt whether he will even fight again after his UFC 249 headliner against Ferguson.
"Well, we don't have a plan for when we're going to finish but I do know it is not over the mountains, as they say," Nurmagomedov told RT Sports.
"That time is very close. I don't want to think about the future, I still have to live to April, I still have to fight, I need to win. So, I don't like to look too far ahead.
"Now we have an opponent, Tony Ferguson, a very serious opponent, and I think it's necessary to have this fight then we'll sit down and think about what's next.
"We'll consider whether there's any point in fighting anymore. There will always be a reason to fight, money, but will we need it? We'll think about it.
"I feel good now. I'm 31 and it's a very good age to fight, and for sport. I'm far from retirement age, but it's around the corner."
This article was originally published by The Sun and republished with permission
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