UFC 229 will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
Although the rivalry between the pair is deeply personal, the build-up to the fight has been rather quiet. McGregor has fired off a few shots towards the Russian’s camp, but to no major response.
Last month, McGregor called out his opponent’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, by naming him a “quivering coward.”
He has finally responded to the Irishman’s comments in an interview with RT:
”Mentally they can’t get (under our skin),” he said. “In that aspect we are standing firm.
“We are even letting certain things pass. But we are not forgiving anything. The cage and the fight are still ahead.”
Although McGregor is the biggest name one can draw in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, Mr. Nurmagomedov seems more interested in other potential fights for his son:
“For the hype, for the money, to bury Conor’s era it is even better for us,” he said.
“But if we talk purely sportswise, we still want the Ferguson fight. I really want him to come back and defeat Pettis. The intrigue is still there, and the whole world is interested (in the Ferguson fight).
“It would be 11 and 0 Khabib [in the UFC], 11 and 0 for him. And the fight that hasn’t happened yet.
“Georges St-Pierre, who has never been defeated as a champion at 170 (pounds). He came back and took the belt from (Michael) Bisping at 185 (lbs).
“It’s always been a dream fight for me. I’ve been following him for a long time. He is a Hall of Famer. He showcased so much in this sport.”