“Why I don’t raise Russian flag? I represent my country differently”. Khabib on retirement, Conor rematch and Russian flag
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The first and only UFC champion from Russia Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) took part in the press conference dedicated to the upcoming UFC event in Moscow.
Nurmagomedov didn’t deny that his retirement is near and expressed his hopes for Islam Makhachev to become the new champ after him.
“My retirement is coming. A couple of fights more. I don’t want to leave my belt for any Tom, Dick or Harry. I want the succession of generations to happen. I want to leave the belt and Islam Makhachev to take it. It would be great if my retirement coincided with Islam’s title shot. It would be wrong to talk about retirement and what I’m going to do after that because I’m currently working on different projects. I’ll work on them later. I won’t get lost for sure,” Khabib said.
Besides, Khabib talked about the terms on which he would rematch Conor McGregor as well as commented on Conor’s recent cuts at him.
“Responding to Conor’s words doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve done everything that needed to be done. As for the rematch, you need to win 10 fights to reach the title shot. If he wins 10 fights, I will give him the rematch.”
Nurmagomedov also answered the question why he doesn’t raise the Russian flag when coming to the cage.
“Why I don’t hold the flag? It’s a good question, I’ve been waiting for him. Unlike others that talk about the flag and take it to the Octagon with them, I don’t hit old men, don’t attack women, and don’t sell alcohol. I represent my country differently.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov had his last fight at the UFC 242 on September 7. In the main event of the night he defeated interim champion Dustin Poirier via a third-round submission.