The latest news to come out of Conor McGregor's camp is that he'll be taking some time off until at least May of 2017 to work on his new family. No one can fault him for that, he's been one of the most active fighters in the UFC over the last few years, but Khabib Nurmagomedov and his coach, Javier Mendez, see ulterior motives.
We all know Khabib has had trouble getting fights over the years, and his recent knee injuries have kept him on the shelf for nearly two years, but McGregor thinks that's kept the Dagestani star out of the limelight far too much for his taste. Khabib is also extremely dangerous at 24-0, and why fight Khabib when you have some money fights waiting in the wings?
"You can say, 'Hey, I want to fight Nate Diaz a third time.' Fine. Say that. But don't try to put my guy down because you are trying to avoid him. Don't belittle my guy. That's bulls---."
And about Khabib saying he's done fighting for the UFC if he doesn't get a title shot? Mendez thinks there's a very real truth to that:
"That's what he has said this whole time. And it's not about fighting Conor. He doesn't care if he fights Conor. He wants to fight for the title. He has no beef with any fighter out there. He wants the title to prove he's the best, and he wants to defend it against the best."
This whole mess has got Khabib down. Maybe it's because the UFC PR machine (to him) is, "number one bullsh*t."