KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV said Conor McGregor is 'FINISHED' after defeat at UFC 264 and would lose to Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz again.
McGregor, who was submitted by Khabib in 2018, suffered a broken tibia against Poirier in their trilogy bout.
It meant he was beaten by doctor stoppage and he since undergone surgery before being handed a six month medical suspension.
But after the unprecedented ending against Poirier, he has called for a FOURTH fight against the American.
Nurmagomedov, who retired in October, blasted McGregor's chances of winning another rematch, also tipping Diaz to beat the Irishman.
Khabib, 32, told ESPN: “If he want to come back, OK, make him fight one more time with Dustin Poirier and finish this guy.
“I think [that’s] what UFC going to do with him or maybe make his fight versus Nate. But both of them, I think he’s going to lose.”
McGregor first beat Poirier in 2014 but was knocked out in their rematch seven years later at, in January, which set them up with a trilogy.
Diaz, 36, is yet to complete his series with the former two-weight champion after their 2016 double header, with the two both holding wins.
Poirier is now in line to challenge newly-crowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, 31, in his net fight.
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But he, along with UFC president Dana White, have opened the door to another rematch with McGregor, who called Poirier's win 'illegitimate'.
Nurmagomedov, who hung up the gloves unbeaten in 29 fights, insisted McGregor's injury leaves him unable to ever be the same again.
He said: "With broken legs, he’s never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don’t believe [he’ll return to the top].
"Conor have good age, but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”
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