In chochitika chachikulu cha UFC 229, Nurmagomedov ndi McGregor anali ndi mpikisano wawo woyembekezeredwa, onse awiri anali ndi nkhani ya zinyalala pamene amalankhula za mabanja awo ndi chipembedzo, mwa zina. Koma itakwana nthawi yolimbana, awiriwa adathetsa kusamvana kwawo ku Octagon, pomwe Khabib adapambana ndikumaliza mugawo lachinayi.

Patha zaka ziwiri chiyambireni nkhondoyi, Nurmagomedov adavomereza kuti adakhumudwa kwambiri ndipo anayesa kuvulaza McGregor atakumana. Iye anafotokoza kuti njira yake sinali yanzeru ndipo inakhudza ntchito yake.

“Eya, ndinayesa kumukhumudwitsa mnyamatayu ndipo kunali kulakwitsa kwanga. Mukakwiya, mumatopa. Poyesa kumulanga, zinali zokhudzidwa kwambiri, "adatero Nurmagomedov kwa Din Thomas mu gawo lomaliza la Lookin 'For A Fight of Dana White. “Ndipo sindikuganiza ayi, ndikhala pansi tsopano. Koma osati nthawi ino. ”

Kuyambira pomwe nkhondoyi idalengezedwa, McGregor adawonetsa kuti sadakonzekere nkhondoyi ndipo akudziwa kuti pamasewera obwereza atha kumenya Nurmagomedov. Komabe, ndizosangalatsa kumva katswiriyu akunena kuti sanachite bwino potengera momwe adalamulira nkhondoyi.

Conor McGregor abwerera ku Octagon mawa mu UFC 257 chochitika chachikulu motsutsana ndi Dustin Poirier. Idzakhala nkhondo yake yoyamba atagogoda Donald Cerrone ku UFC 246. Ngati munthu wa ku Ireland akugonjetsa Poirier kachiwiri, mwinamwake akhoza kukhala ndi chigamulo chake chotsutsana ndi Nurmagomedov, chinthu chomwe wakhala akufuna kwa nthawi yaitali.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, kumbali yake, adapuma pamasewera atapereka Justin Gaethje ku UFC 254. Dana White wachita zonse zomwe angathe kuti abweretsenso katswiri wa lightweight ku nkhondo ina ndipo akuyembekeza kuti kubwereranso ndi McGregor ndi njira yabwino.