Islam Makhachev unconcerned with Conor McGregor's Dagestan jibes, says he'll fight Kevin Lee 'anywhere, any time' (VIDEO)
Added 11-08-19 11:37:03am EST - “Rising UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has responded to being called out by Kevin Lee, and admitted he'd be interested in facing Conor McGregor, who he says isn't as good as he once was.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Islam Makhachev unconcerned with Conor McGregor's Dagestan jibes, says he'll fight Kevin Lee 'anywhere, any time' (VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Chatting to RT Sport while serving his guest fighter duties ahead of UFC Moscow this weekend, Makhachev said he would love to face off against Conor McGregor, and suggested the Irishman might be past his best as a force in the UFC.
"I'm interested in him too, because he is a good fighter and you can make a name for yourself fighting him and make some good money. But he is on a serious bender right now, and I don't think he is as good as he used to be."
Makhachev said he admired his friend and teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov for his restraint in the face of McGregor's jibes ahead of their clash at UFC 229 but now, following Khabib's dominant victory over the Irishman in Las Vegas, he admitted the Dubliner's words don't carry the same venom any more.
"Now he has taken a beating and I realize that he is talking just to stay relevant. We've seen him talking a lot before he fought Khabib but that was just words and nothing behind them.
"(Khabib) shares my point of view that Conor has already taken a beating, so it makes no sense to pay attention to what he's saying. I was watching their first presser and there were moments when I thought I wouldn't be able to restrain myself if I were in Khabib's place."
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