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Khabib protege Islam Makhachev rules out Conor McGregor return with title shot as UFC star ‘drunk all day’

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ISLAM MAKHACHEV has claimed Conor McGregor can’t come back with a UFC title shot – because the Irishman was ‘drunk all day’.

McGregor has been sidelined since July after breaking his shin but is expected to return to the cage this year.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov pictured with his protege Islam MakhachevCredit: Instagram / @islam_makhachev
Islam Makhachev claimed that Conor McGregor couldn't come back with a title shot because he was

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Islam Makhachev claimed Conor McGregor couldn’t come back with a title shot because he was ‘drunk all day’Credit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma

He teased a shot at the lightweight belt in his impending return to the octagon this year.

But highly touted candidate Makhachev – mentored by McGregor’s arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov – criticized the idea.

He said ESPN“I think it’s wrong for the fans; it would make it interesting but I think it’s wrong.

“I think it will be very difficult for him to gain 155 pounds because he is drunk all day.”

McGregor was forced to undergo surgery last year after breaking his shin in July against 33-year-old Dustin Poirier.

He made steady progress while rehabilitating and insisted the setback would be just a small bump in his legendary road.

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But Makhachev, 30, who watched Nurmagomedov, 33, submit McGregor in 2018, warned the former two-time champion will NEVER be the same again.

He said: “A lot of people are going to crush him in this division. He’s just going to fight Nate Diaz or old people to make money.

“He will never be a champion and he will never compete at this level.

“He’s just playing the game, he’ll never take this fight with me because he knows it’s going to be a long night for him, after what Khabib did to him.

“He’s not the same now, when he fought Khabib he was fit and not too drunk but now he has to retire.

“This guy has money and everything, but if he wants to come back, let’s do it. I’m going to break it.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018

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Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in 2018Credit: Sportsfile – Subscription