UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov has challenged Conor McGregor to start challenging a better calibre of fighter before he considers a rematch with the Irishman.
The Notorious one returned to the octagon in January for the first time in over a year and quickly saw off Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.
UFC's household name is desperate for a second shot at Khabib after the Russian forced him to tap out in October 2018.
But the 31-year-old has hit out at McGregor for picking an opponent who is "finished" in Cerrone and told him to up his game before a rematch is a possibility.
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"'Cowboy' always loses all his main-event fights, always,' he told TMZ. 'I don't remember when he won. In the last 10 fights, I think he's lost six or seven times.
"He's not high-level lightweight or welterweight right now. He's not. Of course, he has a big name but his time is finished.
"Conor [needs to] pick very good opponent. Now he come back and beat 'Cowboy,' who lost seven times in his last 10 fights, and then they talk about this guy coming back.
"No, he has to fight really tough opponents like Justin Gaethje or something like this. He has to come back to lightweight division. He has to cut welterweight, and this is just my opinion.
"I think he [is] just ducking tough matchups. Not only just Justin Gaethje, he's just, "Who's gonna to be my next fight? I need this fight.'"
Khabib also claimed the majority of people believe he would win a second fight with McGregor and the appetite for the contest stems from the fallout that occurred when they fought at UFC 229.
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“I think people want to see us continue what happened last time,” he added. “They just want to see drama. If you ask people, ‘Guys, what do you think, who’s gonna win?’ 99 percent going to say ‘Khabib, like he did first time.’ Just people want to see a big drama show, only for this one.
“If we talk about money, this is good. If we talk about drama, this is good. If we talk about real lightweight contender or real lightweight championship fight, this is not good."
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