KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV claimed Conor McGregor screamed "let me go please" during his defeat at UFC 229.
The unbeaten Russian has insisted the Irishman does not want to fight him again as he prepares for his return to the Octagon.
McGregor has not fought since he tapped out against Khabib in the fourth round last year.
The 31-year-old announced in Moscow this month that he will make his UFC comeback in Las Vegas on January 18.
But Khabib has claimed the Irish star is not interested in fighting him again.
In a recent Q&A, the 31-year-old said: "Honestly I don't think he wants that fight. How is that so? I beat him up for four rounds.
"I beat him and choked him and he tapped.
"It was a sign he didn't want to be there, 'let me go please' and all that. And how he wants the rematch."
McGregor has showed off his incredible body transformation ahead of his highly-anticipated return to the octagon.
But Khabib has insisted that McGregor needs to earn his right to a rematch with the champion.
He said: "First of all, he has to earn it. We're in the fourth year since his last victory.
"It's been three years and now we're in the fourth. In order to fight for the title I had to win 10 fights in a row in the UFC.
"That's not counting the 16 victories I had outside the UFC. In every fight I earned it not with my mouth, but with my actions.
"That's where we're different. He talks about it, I just do it.
"It's nice for me, because even when I keep quiet and even when I don't say anything, people can weigh it up for themselves. 'Hang on, this guy talks and this guy just acts'.
"Just talking is one thing, but when it comes to doing it, he's completely different.
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"So for me there are no kind of announcements or insults. He's an idiot. We don't pay attention to idiots."
McGregor has called out bitter rival Khabib, but UFC chief Dana White revealed he wants the Irishman to face Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.