Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry could re-ignite in Bellator fight

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A Bellator fight between Usman Nurmagomedov and Peter Queally in Bellator could re-ignite the rivalry between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.

Usman, who won his fight with Patrik Pietila at Bellator 269 last night, is ranked at number seven in the lightweight division, while Queally is currently sat at number four and fights for the vacant title next month in Dublin.

And a prospective match-up between the two could end up pitting McGregor directly against Nurmagomedov for the first time since their heated 2018 battle.

McGregor and Queally are close friends dating back to the days when the Dublin native was fighting on the regional scene in Ireland, while Khabib corners his cousin Usman since retiring from competition last year.

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry could re-ignite in Bellator fight
© Getty Images Conor McGregor could be brought face-to-face again at a Bellator event

Queally will face Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire for a second time at Bellator 270 in Dublin’s 3Arena, and could end up facing Nurmagomedov in his first title defence should he win the belt in his home country.

And the Russian has vowed to “smash” Queally should the pair ever meet inside the cage.

When he was asked during a post-fight press conference last night about the potential of a fight with Queally, he replied: Fighting him – no, but smashing him would be interesting.”

He proceeded to tell reporters that he isn’t interested in calling out any specific opponents, but admitted that he would like a top ten opponent after taking on the unranked Pietila at a catchweight.

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“I want to put on a good show for my fans,” he said.

“Bellator give me someone from the top 10, because the amount of haters is increasing.

“To be honest, I don’t really follow any opponents [to call out].

“I would fight anybody from the top 15 – anybody they will give me. I really don’t care.

“I can’t give you any particular names – I just don’t follow them that much.”

Khabib was in attendance at the event to corner his cousin, and likely would be in attendance for a prospective bout between Usman and Queally.

And McGregor is a regular attendee and Queally’s fights, often sitting in the front row to show his support, although he generally leaves the corner work to SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh.

It would be the first time that Nurmagomedov and McGregor have been in the same room since their UFC 229 meeting, which ended in a brawl between both teams after the Russian submitted the Irishman in the fourth round.

The bout ended up drawing in the most pay-per-view sales in the history of MMA, with over 2.4million fans tuning in to watch the years of bad blood between the pair culminate.

And the rivalry hasn’t ended since, with two close calls this year almost putting them face-to-face in Dubai and Los Angeles save for a few minutes in both cases.

Las night’s Bellator event was headlined by the legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko’s penultimate career fight, and his last on home soil.

He brutally stopped Tim Johnson in the first round despite weighing in over 30 lbs, more than two-stone, lighter than his opponent, and will likely end his career in America.

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