CONOR McGREGOR 'would have got smashed' if he'd had a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov, according to the Russian's coach.
McGregor was left contemplating his future in UFC after he was battered to defeat against Dustin Poirier.
In 2014 McGregor had KO'd Poirier in the very first round – but at UFC 257 on Fight Island it was the Irishman left on the seat of his pants.
The defeat put paid to his money-spinning hopes of boxing Manny Pacquiao.
And it also pushed a potential rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov to another planet, with the Russian said to be considering returning to the octagon.
But according to Khabib's coach Javier Mendez, it's a good job McGregor, who has 'regressed', hasn't rematched the Russian.
Speaking to Submission Radio, Mendez said: "[McGregor] would've got smashed.
"Khabib's gotten better. He would've gotten smashed. He would have gotten smashed, straight up.
"Khabib's better. He's better than he was when they fought two years ago.
"Conor didn't appear to be better. He's regressed a little bit.
"Khabib's gotten way better. He would have gotten smashed."
McGregor's lack of conditioning reared its ugly head again in his shock KO loss to Poirier, UFC legend Michael Bisping has claimed.
On ESPN's UFC 257 post-fight show, the Brit said: "What I saw here was Conor’s lack of conditioning once again rearing its ugly head.
"I hate to say it. Dustin Poirier had the perfect game plan — go in clinch, try and take him down — and he did that perfectly.
"At the start of the fight, Conor looked sharp. He looked like the usual Conor.
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"Landing the left hand, looking confident, going forward, but then when you make somebody wrestler that isn’t used to it, that has a history of getting tired, that’s what we saw.
"We saw the facial expression change. We saw the confidence change and then as the tide started to turn, Dustin Poirier saw the opening, put him to sleep. Just a tremendous night for Dustin Poirier.
"While the stakes were high and Dustin was having success, he was leaving openings that in the past I feel McGregor would have taken advantage of there.
"But as I said, he was starting to get a little tired and we saw what happened."
As a result of his loss, McGregor looks to have lost out on Jake Paul's mega-money offer for a scrap.
The YouTuber originally offered the Irishman $50m for a boxing fight, but has now revised that offer to '$10,000 cash'.
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