Khabib's protege Islam Makhachev backed to 'finish all of the leftover business' by beating arch rival Conor McGregor
19th July 2021

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV'S protege Islam Makhachev has been backed to 'finish all of the leftover business' by beating Conor McGregor.

McGregor was in 2018 submitted by arch rival Khabib, but a post-fight brawl between the two camps only fuelled the feud further.


But a rematch never materialised as Nurmagomedov retired in October and has since transitioned into coaching.

Among those he is now guiding is lightweight contender Makhachev, 29, who just moved to 20-1 by beating Thiago Moises, 26.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto revealed McGregor, 33, is the man he wants most following the history between the opposing sides.

Okamoto tweeted: "Team Makhachev taking post-fight victory photos in the back. Makhachev's manager tells me this fight — Islam vs. Conor — is now his "dream fight."

"Says it would finish all of the leftover business between the two teams."

Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz tweeted: "When did McGregor come back I want see @MAKHACHEVMMA Break his neck not his leg."

The Irishman is currently out for six months with a medical suspension after breaking his tibia before the end of round one against Dustin Poirier.

McGregor was beaten by doctor stoppage and will spend the next six weeks on crutches while recovering.

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Due to the unprecedented ending to the fight, he along with Poirier, 32, and UFC president Dana White have opened the door to another rematch.

McGregor first beat the American in 2014 but was knocked out in their rematch in January.

And having suffered consecutive defeats, Khabib – who retired after the loss of his father and mentor Abdulmanap – said his nemesis is 'finished'.

The 32-year-old said: "With broken legs, he’s never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don’t believe [he’ll return to the top].

"Conor [is a] good age, but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”

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