UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov honors Dustin Poirier, takes shot at Conor McGregor in post-fight interview

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has the utmost respect for Dustin Poirier. He does not hold that same respect for Conor McGregor.

The UFC's lightweight champion remained undefeated (28-0-0) with his third-round rear-naked choke of Dustin Poirier (25-6, 1 NC) on Saturday at UFC 242.

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Nurmagomedov made it very clear though he has the utmost respect for Poirier after the fight, but he also took a shot at Conor McGregor in the process.

He wore a t-shirt in the ring and said he would be selling it and giving all of the proceeds to Poirier and his family.

"Why I wear this t-shirt, I know that's going to go to a lot of charity stuff, guys, make sure I'm going to sell this t-shirt, all this money I'm going to send Dustin Poirier," he said.

"This is what I want, you know, and why we have so much respect between us before the fight than my last fight? You know (McGregor) was bulls— guy, I have to work (with) a lot of crazy stuff, but I want to forget everything.

"We show really what is MMA. MMA's No. 1 thing is respect. When you come (to) gym, first thing what your coach, everybody teach you, hey, you have to respect gym, you have to respect teammates, coaches, you have to clean your gym, everything's about respect.

"MMA's not about trash talking, you know, this is what we show it with, that's important."

Nurmagomedov, of course, just came back from a nine-month suspension for his actions after his victory over McGregor at UFC 229.

The champion scaled the cage after his win and got into a fight with McGregor's training partner Dillon Danis which then incited a brawl that went from the stands and into the ring.

But so much more of everything around this was drama. McGregor and teammates attacked a bus with Khabib and his team on it after a UFC 223 press event.

Then the two trash talked all the way up to the fight.

Clearly, Khabib is over it and he has said on multiple occasions he will not give McGregor a title shot.

Odds are it's because he doesn't respect McGregor very much. His words make that clear.

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