UFC star Brian Kelleher wants Conor McGregor to corner him against Khabib's cousin Umar to reignite bitter rivalry

UFC star Brian Kelleher wants Conor McGregor to corner him against Khabib's cousin Umar to reignite bitter rivalry

February 15, 2022

UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher has tried to get Conor McGregor to corner him for his upcoming fight with Umar Nurmagomedov.

Fan favourite Kelleher has been tasked with the job of derailing the Nurmagomedov hype train next month at UFC 272 in Las Vegas.

And he's publicly called on The Notorious – the bitter rival of Nurmagomedov's cousin Khabib -to coach him for the Sin City showdown.

Kelleher tweeted last weekend: "Hey, would you like to corner me in my next fight at UFC 272 against Khabib's cousin Umar?"

Kelleher's plea to McGregor wasn't seen by the Irishman, although it was seen by Umar.

The undefeated Umar tweeted: "It's not gonna help you, Brian."

Boom cheekily replied: "What about God? Can he help me?"



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Umar made a spectacular UFC debut on Fight Island last January, choking Sergey Morozov UNCONSCIOUS.

And head coach Javier Mendez has tipped the Dagestani destroyer to claim the bantamweight throne in the next couple of years.

He told SunSport: "Umar is a different type of fighter than his cousin Khabib.

"But he is still going to do great and I feel he will win the title in three or four years."

Umar, 26, stunned fans with his wide array of kicks and his display of the world-renowned Dagestani wrestling.

Mendez said: "[He's got] great striking and great kicking. That they [fans] can expect. It's a whole different flair. A whole different flair.

"You can expect to see everything from him.

"But one thing that is going to be different is – Khabib's boxing has gotten on fairly well.

"I mean Khabib's boxing has gotten pretty good. Umar's kicking is phenomenal.

"So you can expect to see more kicking [from him]. He's a phenomenal kicker.

"He's great on the ground, he's got good boxing, but he's a phenomenal kicker.

"So that's one of the things you'll notice a difference in between him and Khabib. Umar can kick."


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