Everything Conor McGregor has said on Khabib, Jake Paul and UFC 257 ahead of Poirier fight

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Conor McGregor is set to make his return to the Octagon this month at UFC 257 in a rematch with Dustin Poirier at lightweight and, unsurprisingly, the Irishman has had a lot to say. The 32-year-old’s win over Donald Cerrone in January last years was meant to be the start of a “season” for McGregor, with the Notorious targeting a fight for the BMF title and a rematch with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, that failed to come to fruition, with ongoing coronavirus pandemic ending his hopes of a quick turnaround after the Cerrone win and McGregor announced his retirement from fighting in June.

With the UFC continuing to operate successfully throughout the pandemic, McGregor has returned and he is hoping to pick up where he left off in 2020, targeting a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz and the Khabib rematch.

He has also been repeatedly called out by YouTuber Jake Paul, who wants to face McGregor in a boxing ring after beating former NBA player Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.

With McGregor back and looking to stay active this year, the Irishman has had plenty to say and Express Sport takes a look at everything he has said about Khabib, Paul and UFC 257.

Khabib, who submitted McGregor in their bout at UFC 229, announced his retirement from the sport after a successful title defence against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 but Dana White has revealed that the Eagle could return to the Octagon.

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White is desperate to make the rematch with McGregor and the Irishman believes he would win a potential second fight, telling ESPN: “I am the champion, the unified title was never crowned that time in October 2018; Khabib fled the cage and left me fighting with his family members.

“I think he’s afraid to fight me. That’s for damn sure. And I don’t blame him. I know exactly what to face. I fought the best of him that night, he fought the worst of me on that night. 

“He knows it, I know it, his team knows it. I’ve the answer to destroy that man. He can pull the wool over people’s eyes for only so long.

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“I think his hand was shown. He’s not a true fighter in my opinion. How could you walk away? There’s so many great fights to be had. Think of the [Nate] Diazes, the [Tony] Fergusons, there’s so many wild fights, the [Charles] Oliveiras, the rematch against me.

“I think it’s just preposterous to walk away. Not only did he s**t on the bus, I think he p***** on the chips also. I think he showed his hand. But then, at the same time, you know, there is family issues. It is what it is. So, all the best.”

McGregor has not directly responded to Jake Paul’s challenge but he was asked about YouTuber boxing in an interview with Bloomberg and replied: “If they are fighting well then it can’t make a mockery of fighting. They’re getting in and competing. I am not so much against it.

“What I will say though is the numbers that that show calculated was a Mike Tyson fight. You had an icon fighting as well as Roy Jones Jnr, two GOATs [greatest of all time] of combat sports. And then you had the YouTube kid and NBA star competing underneath that. So they done good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? You know it’s not the most high-level – if any level – at that stage. Obviously the Tyson vs Jones fight was very high level and very interesting to see what they’re like in their older age. I thought they both fought amazingly. As they say, if it makes dollars, it makes sense.

“I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I’m certainly a viewer.”

Speaking about his return with The MacLife, McGregor outlined his commitment to the UFC’s lightweight division which could lead to blockbuster bouts against Diaz and Khabib.

“I would like to put a stint in at 155 pounds, for sure,” he said. “I came into the UFC as a featherweight and I went through the division. I gave it my all in that division and I tore through it like a chainsaw through butter. Interim title, then unified title.

“Then I went up and reached for greater heights, went to the lightweight division, became lightweight champion and became the first dual-weight champion in the company’s history. Then obviously other things presented themselves, the Floyd fight and where it went. Then I went to the welterweight division, also.

“I never got a good stint at 155 pounds, a consecutive stint like I’ve done in the featherweight division. I would like to do the same here in the lightweight division that I’ve done in the featherweight division – give it a good run and tear through the division.

“There’s many good competitors, good fighters, in there, and I feel levels above them all. So I would like to put that stint in.”

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