UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov believes his rivalry with Conor McGregor will never be over.
However, Nurmagomedov says that he has no interest in a second fight.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Nurmagomedov (27-0), defending his lightweight title against McGregor (21-3) via a fourth-round bid last October, said he would fight in the street if McGregor would cross each other, but not give him immediate revenge as long as he holds the belt.
"Same [the October fight] did not finish, "Nurmagomedov said. Just crush people is not enough. I mean just crush him? This is not enough. We must crush his entire team. That's what I think before the fight. That's what I say to my team. "Hey, tonight we're going to war. This is not a fight issue.
"It will never be finished, never, even if we see [each other] somewhere, we will fight, 100%. It does not matter if someone goes to jail or something like that. I'm not afraid of that. … They go to the hospital and we go to the police. That's all. "
Nurmagomedov, of Dagestan, must defend his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This will mark his first appearance since he left the Octagon after defeating McGregor to face his team members. Nurmagomedov said he did so because McGregor had insulted his family and his country during the preparation for the fight.
The Nevada Sports Commission suspended Nurmagomedov for nine months and fined him $ 500,000 for his actions after the fight. In April, rivalry once again made headlines when McGregor posted and suppressed two offensive messages on social networks for Nurmagomedov's wife. Nurmagomedov responded by calling McGregor a "rapist".
The return of the UFC in China is marked by a fight in the championship of the weight-straw division, a fight that the fans of Shenzhen had been anticipating for several months.
Nine-year-old Zhang Weili, who is fighting in Beijing, will try to win the title of Jessica Andrade at Saturday's main event.
UFC Fight Night: Andrade against Zhang
• Saturday, Shenzhen, China
• The preliminaries: ESPN, 3 hours ET
• Main card: ESPN +, 6 hours ET
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McGregor, from Dublin, has expressed interest in an immediate rematch. A second fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor would be an extremely lucrative event, but Nurmagomedov said he would not allow it before McGregor won the fight first. The 155-pound champion has clearly stated that he would like to face Tony Ferguson, though he had to defeat Poirier on Saturday.
"This guy [McGregor] must come back and make nine or ten consecutive wins. Then we will fight, "Nurmagomedov said. Maybe people watching this interview think, "Oh, he's thinking about that, but when UFC asks this guy to fight for Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is going to take it." No fight. Come back and show who you are.
"Dana [White], no need to call me. Why does he have to call me about this fight? We sometimes talk with Dana, that's a good guy, but do not talk to me about this crazy fight. I want to fight against real guys – Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes of all time, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight these guys. I do not want to fight with a guy who never wins. "