No grudge match Nurmagomedov turns down reality TV gig with Conor McGregor
UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has said he will not take part in a reality TV show with Conor McGregor for any amount of money.
The Notorious is set to return from retirement in a charity match against Dustin Poirier later this year.
However, he is also due to take part in the UFC’s reality TV series Ultimate Fighter, where he coaches prospective MMA stars.
And while Nurmagomedov was initially being lined up as a rival coach taking on McGregor charges, he has since pulled out of filming.
According to Dana White, the former lightweight champion declined to take up the coaching gig because he didn’t want to get involved with the Crumlin native.
And then in an interview with ESPN, Nurmagomedov insisted that he pulled out because he didn’t want to help give the Crumlin fighter any free publicity.
“This Ultimate Fighter with him,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is good attention for him.
“I don’t want to give him this. I never give him this, even if they gave me $5 billion dollar. Even if they give me UFC (ownership), I’ll never do this. This is good attention for him.”
Nurmagomedov also ruled out any possibility of a rematch against the Irish MMA star.
“Done – everything is done,” Nurmagomedov said. “(On) October 6, I finished him and I finished everything about him.
“I had new challenges – Dustin Poirier, now, Justin Gaethje.
“We’ll see who’s going to be next but I don’t think it’s going to be Conor McGregor.”
There is plenty of bad blood between both fighters.
Nurmagomedov put an end to McGregor’s title reign when he forced him into a submission in the fourth round.
The win was tarnished when Nurmagomedov vaulted out of the Octagon and proceeded to instigate a melee with McGregor’s corner.
Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight championship Oct. 24 against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi.
It is not yet clear if McGregor will fight Dustin Poirier on the same bill, however it would add serious weight to the pay per view figures.