Khabib broke Conor McGregor's soul and outclassed him in EVERY department in iconic UFC 229 fight, claims manager
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S manager insists his fighter outclassed Conor McGregor in every department and broke his soul back in 2018.
The two men were embroiled in a fierce rivalry before they even fought at UFC 229 – the promotion's highest selling pay-per-view – including the Notorious’ infamous bus attack.
After Nurmagomedov submitted the Irishman in the octagon, a huge post-fight brawl has sincefuelled demand for a rematch.
Their war of words continued over the following two years, but a second fight has never materialised despite the bad blood.
Khabib's influential dad and trainer Abdulmanap died from Covid-19 aged 57 last summer – leading to the icon to announce his retirement after successfully defending the lightweight title against Justin Gaethje in October with a record of 29-0.
Despite that, speculation of a rematch refuses to go away as McGregor prepares for his octagon return against Dustin Poirier on January 23.
However, Ali Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports that a clash with his hero Georges St-Pierre could get Khabib back into the cage.
But he does not believe a rematch with the Irishman would entice the Dagestani star back due to his ease in beating him the first time.
He said: “He beat the s*** out of Conor and did everything he wanted to do.
“He beat him in the striking department, he beat him in the wrestling department, he beat him in the grappling department – he broke his soul.”
He added: “We don’t really care about him. Someone might say $100m or something like that, but I don’t think that would persuade Khabib if Khabib doesn’t want to fight.
“I really don’t ask him or pressure Khabib too much, I let him be.
“But I believe in Dana White and if anybody can get it done it’s Dana White.”
McGregor has previously insisted he was winning his fight against Nurmagomedov before he tapped out.
He claimed he won round one, round three and round four up until the 'trip'.
When a fan on Twitter claimed McGregor was 'mauled' by the Russian, he replied: "I won round one. Out struck him three to one here.
"Elbows, knees, clatters. He held on entire round. Round two he won.
"This round had the kimura attempt you speak of.
"I kneed him full force into his eye socket here and broke the grip fully. A lovely shot!
"I won three also and four up until the trip."
Before he added: "Round 1's mine. Out struck 3-1. Elbow, knees, clatters! He held on.
"Two is his but I land multiple knees. One from standing after the overhand, and one from bottom into the eye socket at kimura attempt.
"Not a scratch end of round also. I won round three, and four until the trip."
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