Conor McGregor \'will Retire\' If He Loses To Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor has been clamoring for a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov— and according to the Russian wrestler's father, the Irishman may finally get his wish.

McGregor lost to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October. He was dominated in the UFC lightweight championship title fight, dropped with a thudding right hand in the second round, and submitted for good with a tight neck crank in the fourth.

But regardless of the heavy defeat, McGregor immediately campaigned for a rematch as he recognized he made many mistakes in the build-up to the bout, as well as in the fight itself.

Nurmagomedov's father and mentor, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, is "interested" in a rematch and would even concede a massive advantage to McGregor.

Abdulamanap is ready to explore a fight away from mixed martial arts, which would mean his son Khabib would not be able to engage in any grappling, wrestling, or ground-and-pound strategies — techniques that proved so successful at UFC 229. Instead, Abdulamanap is interested in a rematch fought using boxing rules.

"This is a fight we are interested in," Abdulmanap told Russian daily newspaper Izvestia, according to the Irish Mirror. "Khabib showed that he is able to beat the best strikers of mixed martial arts. He said this before, but few believed it. However, after strong victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe."

Russia president Vladimir Putin with Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Nurmagomedov has been linked with a boxing fight against the unbeaten prizefighter Floyd Mayweather, a retired boxer who lifted world titles in five weight classes during an illustrious career. Mayweather even said "oh, we fighting," when asked about a possible Nurmagomedov bout in October.

Weeks later, Nurmagomedov held a meeting with the Russian Boxing Federation to discuss the Floyd Mayweather fight, and said he wanted to host it in Moscow in front of 100,000 fans.

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