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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared recently at a news conference for a charity, and was asked about Dana White's comments that Conor McGregor was probably next for the winner of title defense vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
"I have a fight on April 18," said Nurmagomedov, as translated by RT Sport, and transcribed by MMA Fighting. "I have a very serious fight. For the past month and a half I've been consistently training day and night. I've gotten myself in good shape, to where I'm supposed to be 70 days before a fight, I feel great. What'll happen after a fight - no one knows. I don't worry about it, that's what they want.
"I'm surprised that people even question me about a rematch. It seems that people want to continue the festivities after that fight. Everyone saw what happened in the Octagon. I controlled the fight every step of the way. I did everything I wanted to him, he even gave up. How can we even discuss a rematch? We can only talk about continuing the festivities and making money. The question is: do I want that? I am focused on Tony Ferguson."
Nurmagomedov was asked if the rematch at least held interest.
"Not at all," he replied.
Nurmagomedov was asked about the $100 million that reportedly will be put up for the Conor rematch in Saudi Arabia.
"Why do I need that kind of money, there are so many organizations for example ..." said Nurmagomedov, as he gestured to the room. There's not only football for the blind, there's Sambo and other sports. "Let [the UFC] give it to them, if they don't know what to do with the money. But giving me $100 million to beat up that idiot again? I don't think that's rational."