The light-weight champion has anointed Ferguson as his subsequent challenger, a combat that the UFC have been compelled to cancel on 4 separate events.
Nurmagomedov is predicted to return to the octagon early subsequent yr and McGregor broke down why the Russian is the favorite to finish Ferguson’s 12-fight successful streak.
‘It’ll be an attention-grabbing one, I feel Khabib would most likely beat him,’ McGregor mentioned at an occasion in Russia.
‘Again, you’ve bought to see what the circumstances are. Anyone can win on any given day.
‘Tony is a formidable fighter. Also, he’s very, very, robust.
‘He does go down. He does get dropped. His guard has been handed.
‘He’s been mounted by a lesser fighter. So I might favour Khabib in that bout.’
While McGregor may suppose Nurmagomedov has the higher hand over Ferguson, the Irishman has made it clear he needs one other crack the champion.
Speaking on the Parimatch occasion, McGregor insisted he would get ‘revenge and retribution’ over Nurmagomedov.
The 31-year-old has not fought since his loss to Nurmagomedov a yr in the past and has been coping with a number of points outdoors the octagon since then.
McGregor is ready to meet the media once more in Moscow on Thursday, the place he may make an announcement about his subsequent combat.
It could be very unlikely McGregor will combat earlier than the top of the yr and Nurmagomedov has already insisted he is not going to grant him a rematch within the close to future.