McGregor has long been desperate to avenge his loss to the UFC lightweight legend after he was suffocated in 2018.
After Nurmagomedov retired from the sport after defeating Justin Gaethje, McGregor insisted that he not follow him when he hung his gloves.
He wrote on Twitter: “Good job, Khabib. I will continue. Respect and condolences for your father too. You and your family. Sincerely, The McGregors. ”
McGregor could even benefit from his rival’s decision to face Dustin Poirier on January 23, which is now likely to represent the vacant belt.
The couple haven’t signed any contracts but have verbally agreed to meet for the second time after their first fight in 2014.
After performing a triangular throttle on Gaethje in the second round, Nurmagomedov collapsed in tears on the screen to remember his father, who had passed away that year.
He said: Nurmagomedov said, “Thank you to these people with me, with my father for more than 10 years,” he said. “Coach Javier, I love him so much, my whole team. Thank you.
“Today I want to say that this is my last fight. There is no way I will come here without my father. When the UFC came to me through Justin, I spoke to my mom for three days. She didn’t want me to fight without my father and I said this was my last fight and I gave her my word.
“There’s only one thing I want the UFC to do, to stand up as the # 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, the greatest in the world. I think i deserve it. I want to thank Dana [and the] Fertita brothers.
“Thank you Justin. I know you are great, I know how to take care of your people. Be close to your parents because you never know what will happen tomorrow. Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC.
“It was my father’s dream. Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] Will fight in January, I suffocated both of them, I don’t care. ”
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