triforce - He's just insecure. Did the same shifty comment with Holloway and I gauruntee he is never fighting Holooway again (has nothing to gain and it's a tough fight) and I'd NEVER fighting khabib.
It's one thing to lose a fight.... but conor knows there's the very real potential of being manhandled for 5 rounds and that's not good for his brand
Why would Conor want to fight Holloway again, or even cut to 145? He literally ran through that class, which included one of the best P4P fighters ever. Conor already owned Holloway, on one leg.
145 is full of Conor's leftovers, now he's champ at 155 with bigger fights, then he's got 170 with some huge fights waiting for him as well. Lots of options that don't include a brutal weight cut for a weight class he has already made his bitch. He's the uncrowned 145 lb champ.
Also, he just competed in a sport he's never done professionally; he went against arguably the best boxer the sport has seen. 50-0
I doubt he's scared of some wrestle happy Russian that's too easy to hit. Conor would light him up, too easy to hit.
I disagree about running through 145. He did fight Porier, an extremely raw Holloway and Aldo... I guess you could count Chad Mendes too if we're going on 10 days notice.. but nwver fought Frankie who is a horrible stylisto matchup for him.. but you're just agreeing with me as I said he has no reason to go back down to 145
You can easily say "Conor would light him up, he's too easy to hit" and I could just as easily say "Khabib would rag doll him, he's too easy to get taken down"
Also.. if Khabib is "so easy to hit", why couldn't one of the greatest strikers in the LW division land a shot on him? If he's "so easy to hit", why has he only taken 1 notable shot his entire 25-0 career... which didn't even drop him? In fact he's probably one of the fewest hit fighters in the entire UFC... Doesn't seem like you have good evidence to suggest he's so easy to hit.