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Conor McGregor says Khabib Nurmagomedov is ‘afraid’ of rematch

Conor McGregor believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is afraid of rematching him and is trembling at the thought of the fight being made.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov fought at UFC 229 in October of 2018. There, it was the Russian who won by fourth-round submission. Yet, the Irishman looked back on the fight and says he was the one that was winning it.

“In my mind, I won Round 1,” McGregor said to TheMacLife. “I outstruck him 3-1. OK, he had position on that mat – but I outstruck him 3-1. What did he do in the first round? Second round, look at the lackadaisical approach I had to him. He was just running around the outside of the cage. He got that lucky shot and had a great second round. What happened after that? I was winning the third round, (and) even in the opening exchanges in the fourth round. I was winning the fourth round up until that trip.”

Given that, he thinks Nurmagomedov is scared of the rematch and that is why he has been saying McGregor doesn’t deserve it.

“I’m just having fun with it all now, he is trembling. That man is trembling, he doesn’t want it. He doesn’t want it. You get it and he’s trying not to lose it again. I just smell s**t, that’s all it is. He’s afraid and that’s it. Everyone wants it, the boss wants it, Dana wants it, we all want it, so he can run but he can not hide, I look forward to it.”

In order to get the rematch, Conor McGregor will need to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 while Nurmagomedov will need to get past Tony Ferguson. Then, UFC president, Dana White said he would look to book the rematch which would be one of the biggest fights of all-time in terms of money and hype.

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