In umcimbi ophambili we UFC 229, UNurmagomedov noMcGregor babenomdlalo wabo olindelekileyo, bobabini babenentetho enzulu yenkunkuma apho bathetha ngeentsapho zabo kunye nenkolo, phakathi kwezinye izinto. Kodwa lathi lakufika ixesha lokulwa, aba babini balungisa ukungavisisani kwabo kwi-Octagon, uKhabib waphumelela ngokugqitywa kumjikelo wesine.

Sele kudlule iminyaka emibini lo mlo, uNurmagomedov wavuma ukuba wayechukumiseke kakhulu kwaye wazama ukumenzakalisa uMcGregor xa bedibana. Wachaza ukuba iqhinga lakhe alizange lihlakaniphe kwaye liphembelele ukusebenza kwakhe.

“Ewe, ndizamile ukumenzakalisa lo mfo kwaye ibe yimpazamo yam. Xa unomsindo, udiniwe. Xa uzama ukumohlwaya, wayeneemvakalelo kakhulu, ”utshilo uNurmagomedov kuDin Thomas kwisiqendu sokugqibela sikaLookon 'Ngomlo kaDana White. “Kwaye andicingi, ndiza kuphola ngoku. Kodwa hayi ngeli xesha. ”

Ukusukela oko kwabhengezwa umlo, uMcGregor uvakalise ukuba akakawulungeli ngokwasengqondweni umlo kwaye uyayazi ukuba kumdlalo wempinda angambetha uNurmagomedov. Nangona kunjalo, kuyanika umdla ukuva intshatsheli isithi khange inike konke okusemandleni ayo xa ijongwe indlela ebibambe ngayo kulo mlo.

UConor McGregor uya kubuyela kwi-Octagon ngomso kwi-UFC 257 isiganeko esiphambili ngokuchasene noDustin Poirier. Kuya kuba ngumlo wakhe wokuqala emva kokukhupha uDonald Cerrone kwi-UFC 246. Ukuba i-Irishman ibetha i-Poirier kwakhona, mhlawumbi unokufumana i-rematch yakhe ngokumelene noNurmagomedov, into ekudala efuna.

UKhabib Nurmagomedov, kwelakhe icala, uye warhoxa kulo mdlalo emva kokufaka uJustin Gaethje kwi-UFC 254. UDana White wenze konke okusemandleni akhe ukubuyisela intshatsheli yodidi olulula kumlo omnye kwaye unethemba lokuba umdlalo wokuphinda noMcGregor unokuzikhethela.