Khabib Nurmagomedov has savaged Conor McGregor in reply to the Irishman’s Twitter rant in which he ripped into the lightweight division.
McGregor decided to vent his feelings on Twitter after hitting send on seven posts that opined on UFC 249 without fans, the results in the lightweight division and his rival Nurmagomedov, among other things.
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McGregor went of a few tangents but confirmed that he’s ready to make a return to the octagon even if fans aren’t able to attend - insisting he wants a crack at interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a McGregor rant without a shot at Nurmagomedov, with whom he has even more of a heated history.
Nurmagomedov hit back at the Irishman in several tweets, who he defeated in at UFC 229.
Some of the tweets included photos of Nurmagomedov submitting McGregor and he mocked the Irishman for the loss.
Yes, we remember you, you was so nice that night, be same, don’t be fake. pic.twitter.com/SOcLb5jjKX— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 11, 2020
Hug legs? Have you forgot how I knock you down, or you typing tweets drunk? Beat you in striking, parts you up in wrestling, absolutely destroy you in grappling, Made you grab air with your hands, and at the end you gave up. last one, don’t forget your words ‘it’s only business’— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 12, 2020
Gaethje earned a comprehensive victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, with Ferguson nursing an orbital fracture when the bout was finally called in the fifth round.
This prompted McGregor to claim Ferguson may not be ready to fight in the short-term, so the Irishman called out Dustin Poirier and Gaethje.
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Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz responded to the tweets with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
He said the next fight would be Nurmagomedov and Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje's manager Ali Abdelaziz on Conor McGregor calling to fight Justin: "He had his chance for that, and he picked Cowboy [in January]. He picked the easier fight. The two kings of the division are going to fight in Khabib and Justin. Conor can be the co-main event."— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 11, 2020
He said McGregor could be the co-main event, which could prompt more from McGregor soon.
With Yahoo Sport staff