UFC legend Chuck Liddell claims Khabib could be 'WORRIED' about Conor McGregor rematch as he breaks down first fight
UFC legend Chuck Liddell believes Khabib is avoiding a rematch with Conor McGregor because he is 'worried' of losing.
The pair took their fierce rivalry inside the Octagon in 2018 where the Russian submitted the Notorious with a neck crank.
Khabib then defended his lightweight title on two more occasions before announcing his retirement in October with an undefeated 29-0 record.
McGregor has since attempted to goad Khabib into a rematch but the champ has refused to get drawn into negotiations.
And Liddell, a former light-heavyweight champion, believes the fear factor could be holding Khabib back.
He told LowKickMMA: "In the last fight, I think he [McGregor] did what he needed to do to have a shot at beating Khabib.
"The problem was he was tired by the third round and he had nothing left behind his punches.
"He got Khabib a little tired and he had a chance to throw and he just had nothing left to knock him out.
"So, if he can make it through those first two rounds and still have that snap he's got, he can take a shot at him.
"It doesn't seem like Khabib wants to give him a shot… and that doesn't make sense unless Khabib is worried about getting beat.
"Maybe Khabib is worried about Conor getting better and beating him, I don't know."
McGregor, who has retired three times in total, steps back into the arena against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on January 23.
And UFC president Dana White confirmed he will try to lure Khabib out of retirement to fight McGregor if he beats Poirier.
On Shout! Podcast, White said: "When I fly out there, Khabib’s going to be there, too.
"So I’m going to meet with Khabib while I’m there.
"In a perfect world, if Conor wins this fight, I would love to see the rematch with him and Khabib. It’s the fight that makes sense."
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