Khabib Nurmagomedov accused of being “worried” about Conor McGregor rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov's reluctance to give Conor McGregor a rematch could stem from him being "worried" about the Notorious one claims UFC legend Chuck Liddell.

The Russian recently called time on his career after beating Justin Gaethje in October.

It saw him exit the sport with a perfect 29-0 record that included a win over McGregor back at UFC 229 in October 2018.

McGregor has pushed for a second bite at the cherry ever since but is yet to get the opportunity.

Despite Khabib's retirement there is still a belief that he could return for a blockbuster fight.

And Liddell doesn't see any reason for him to dodge McGregor unless he is conscious of the Irishman exacting revenge.

"In the last fight, I think he [McGregor] did what he needed to do to have a shot at beating Khabib," the former UFC light-heavyweight champion told  LowKickMMA.

"The problem was he was tired by the third round and he had nothing left behind his punches.

"He got Khabib a little tired and he had a chance to throw and he just had nothing left to knock him out.

"So, if he can make it through those first two rounds and still have that snap he's got, he can take a shot at him.

"It doesn't seem like Khabib wants to give him a shot… and that doesn't make sense unless Khabib is worried about getting beat.

"Maybe Khabib is worried about Conor getting better and beating him, I don't know."

McGregor will return to the Octagon later this month when he takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Dana White has already said that, were McGregor to win, the ideal next step would be a rematch with Khabib.

“In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I would love to see the rematch with him and Khabib. It’s the fight that makes sense," he said.

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