It’s truthful to say Conor McGregor hasn’t been granted an excessive amount of sympathy from his rivals within the wake of his damaged leg.
The Irishman suffered a damaged tibia and fibula throughout his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 – although McGregor vehemently contested it was, in precise reality, a physician stoppage – and gained’t have the ability to struggle till subsequent yr.
Former McGregor foe Khabib Nurmagomedov departed the game final yr with a pristine 29-Zero document and the UFC light-weight champion.
The Russian determined to retire from the game as he promised his mom he wouldn’t struggle on, nor did he actually need to after the passing of his father.
Khabib believes that McGregor, even when he comes again from the damaged leg, is completed.
“With out damaged legs, sure, [he could be the same],” Nurmagomedov stated to ESPN. “However with damaged legs, he’s by no means going to kick the identical.
“With him, no, I don’t consider [he’ll return to the top]. Conor have good age , however what occurred along with his thoughts, legs – this man is completed, however he’s good for promotion.”
If McGregor does come again, Khabib believes there are simply two fights for McGregor and he’d lose them each.
“If he need to come again, OK, make him struggle yet another time with Dustin Poirier and end this man,” Nurmagomedov stated. “I feel [that’s] what UFC going to do with him or perhaps make his struggle versus Nate [Diaz]. However each of them, I feel he’s going to lose.”
Khabib, who now coaches at American Kickboxing Academy with former coach Javier Mendez, believes God has humbled McGregor with the leg break.
“(There’s) all the time (going to) be there one thing superior – extra highly effective – than now we have,” Nurmagomedov instructed MMA Junkie on Monday. “Typically when individuals change into, ‘I’m this, I can do that. I’m good as a result of I’m sturdy.’
“God all the time going to make you humble. I noticed yesterday or two days in the past, I noticed his coach’s interview like, ‘I don’t perceive how this occurred. He’s a robust younger, sturdy man and he broke his foot, I don’t perceive.’ Every thing from God.
“It’s a must to change into humble. While you change into wealthy, while you change into sturdy, while you change into well-known and then you definitely assume that is due to myself? God going to make you humble.”
The Eagle additionally believes the Poirier, who was his penultimate foe in UFC, deserves to be the champion at 155lbs now.
“I actually take pleasure in this struggle,” Nurmagomedov stated. “I’m actually proud of Dustin Poirier. I feel he deserve title shot, and I feel he should be UFC light-weight champion proper now.”