Conor McGregor would rather 'choose jail' than be 'locked in' UFC cage with Khabib heir Islam Makhachev
CONOR MCGREGOR would rather 'choose jail' than face surging lightweight contender Islam Makhachev, the Russian's manager Ali Abdelaziz believes.
Makhachev is on the cusp of mixing it with the lightweight division's top-three, which he'll gatecrash if he gets the better of Dan Hooker at UFC 267 next month.
Given Makhachev's surge up the ranks, a match-up with McGregor could soon be in the offing – especially given the Irishman's dark history with his good friend and training partner Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But manager Abdelaziz reckons The Notorious won't want anything to do with the Russian wrecking machine.
The Dominance MMA chief told MMA Junkie: "At the end of the day, all these guys are going to fight each other.
"If Justin Gaethje wins, he's gonna fight for the title, if Conor McGregor wants to get one more a** whooping from the Dagestani mafia, we can give it to him, you know.
"Listen, at the the end of the day he's still talking, he still insulted people, assaulted people.
"Still going to jail but listen, being locked in jail or being locked with Islam Makhachev? I think he would choose jail."
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McGregor, 33, is currently recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his UFC 264 trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.
The Dubliner shattered his left tibia and fibula in the closing seconds of the first round.
But the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion is already back on his feet and in the gym weight training.
And Mystic Mac's manager recently revealed to SunSport that his recovery is well 'ahead of schedule'.
Paradigm Sports Management chief Audie Attar told SunSport: "He's ahead of schedule.
"We not only just got our x-ray results [back], [we got] our ultrasound results and CT scan results.
"And when I look at the view of the x-ray myself, it's healing so beautifully.
Being locked in jail or being locked with Islam Makhachev? I think he would choose jail.
"He's only 10-and-a-half weeks out of surgery and he's walking.
"And he's actually doing s**t that we don't want him to do like throwing the first pitch at the Cubs game."
He added: "All fun aside, he's just in a good state. He's in a good state.
"The one thing I try tell Conor is, 'You've already earned your legacy already. You don't have to prove anything to anybody.'
"'Financially, you never have to ever fight again in your life. Because we've built amazing businesses.'
"He's an entrepreneur and we continue to not only set precedent but set the way forward for all athletes. Not just MMA athletes, but all athletes.
"He's so competitive, man. He's like, 'I'm not thinking about the UFC.
"'Whatever. I'm not thinking about fighting. But I'm gonna get back there.'
"So if the first pitch is any indication of what may happen, God willing the healing process continues on a straight path, he's gonna come out there and want to continue to compete.
"Because he wants to leave on his own terms. Not on the terms that he's been dealt in his last fight."
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