Conor McGregor has accused bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov of “scurrying away” from a potential rematch.
The feuding pair fought in 2018 when McGregor was choked out in the fourth round as he failed to win back his lightweight belt.
Nurmagomedov went on to defend his belt against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje before announcing his retirement – although he remains the promotion’s champion.
And as McGregor prepares to face Poirier for a second time next weekend, he feels Nurmagomedov is avoiding him.
“He’s looking like an elephant, he’s looking like a little fat elephant,” he told The MacLife.
“How he can walk away at this stage is baffling to me but each to their own, there are so many amazing fights out there.
“Even the Tony [Ferguson] fight… I don’t care about nothing, you’re scheduled to fight a man and no matter what the fight must take place.
“You don’t scurry away from fights but it’s been a hallmark of his career; I was not surprised to see him scurry away.”
McGregor and Poirier will not fight for a belt at UFC 257 – even if Nurmagomedov confirms he is walking away after he holds talks with UFC president Dana White.
And the Irishman accepts he will have to win at least one more fight before competing for his old strap.
“I feel it should be but I don’t think Dana is going to be bouncing in to throw me a belt straight away with the way the year has gone.
“I’m here to compete against good competition and the belts will come, maybe the next bout is fair.
“I would have liked to see it for this fight but there were circumstances around the man scurrying away; they’ve given him a bit of time.”