Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC), who remains retired after his lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje in UFC 254, recently doubled down on his own lack of desire to come back to the octagon for more conflicts. The buckle is his for today, and UFC president Dana White has promised”The Eagle” will think about a comeback when something”spectacular” occurs at UFC 257 on Saturday.
McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) matches Dustin Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) in the main event. Dan Hooker is place to fulfill former Bellator champ Michael Chandler from the co-main event. All four guys will be trying to jockey for title position in the struggle, but McGregor, who is Nurmagomedov’s biggest rival, stated that while he wants a rematch of his October 2018 reduction at UFC 229, he’s no longer pursuing it.
“I don’t really care,” McGregor told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UFC 257 pre-fight news conference Thursday. “He did not say (he needed something spectacular) — Dana said that. Let’s just get through the fight. All these men are up here. There’s plenty of challenges and it’s a tough business. Things have gone on in his personal life. I don’t wish him any harm. It was in 2018 (we fought). A lot of time has passed. The world knows this fight is not over. This war is not over. This sport needs it to happen. The people need it to happen. I’m not going to chase him. That’s it. I’ll keep my calm and move on. I’m back here at the 155-pound division. I’ll show the world what’s what over time.”
McGregor will think, however, a decision must be reached at some point regarding the belt. If he had to look into the crystal ball regarding his future, McGregor said he expects the belt to be obtained from Nurmagomedov from the UFC brass in the not too distant future.
“I would make the situation if that person is continuing to dodge this and dodge the devotion of competing ,