Guess Who He is Talking About? Conor McGregor Tweeted and Deleted in the Latest Installment of His One Man War Against Dagestani MMA Fighters… The Internet Never Forgets…
Conor McGregor probably shouldn’t go near Dagestan anytime soon. The autonomous region within the Russian Federation is devoted to its international star: Khabib Nurmagamedov. And we all know just how well the two of them get along. This is a region where his fans literally shoot off semi-automatic rifles to celebrate the victory… in fairness, they probably do that in Alabama too.
McGregor lost out to Khabib at UFC 229 at the end of last year. You’d be forgiven if you had forgotten about McGregor’s brutal beating with the drama that came after. The two fighters’ camps had all-out brawl which saw multiple men, including McGregor, Khabib and Dillon Danis suspended.
Now McGregor has reacted to the news that several of Khabib’s teammates are expected to fight on the upcoming card in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242 in September. As you can see from the screenshotted tweet below, he’s really not very impressed.
MMA Team Dagestan is a reliable page on Instagram based in the predominantly Islamic region of Dagestan. Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagamedov – Khabib’s cousin – were hit with one-year bans and massive fines for their roles in the brawl, where they entered the cage and set upon McGregor.
‘The Notorious’ does not like these guys at all and targeted the entire team’s PED use record. He wrote:
“3 on this list caught on performance enhancers in the past already. Islam, Zubaira and Mairbek. Dirty smelly rats all of them.”
Tweet and Delete
You may remember back a few months when the back-and-forth between McGregor and Khabib got so toxic that the UFC actually took the highly unusual step of intervening and warning the two men to tone it down. McGregor called Khabib’s wife a goat under a tea towel, while Khabib responded by labelling McGregor a rapist (a reference to sexual assault allegations first reported by the New York Times).
You can just imagine McGregor’s manager Audie Attar despairingly calling the brazen Irishman and getting him to take down the tweet which has indeed since been deleted. However, the Internet does not forget and several sources had screenshotted the image before it was removed. So that’s why we have it.
McGregor’s future is under a cloud of uncertainty. With his whiskey business booming, who knows what he’ll do next? There’s a clear opponent there for him in Donald Cerrone, who called out ‘The Notorious’ after beating Al Iaquinta at the weekend. That would make sense for McGregor because Cerrone is marketable and charismatic, and has the advantage of not being Khabib.
He just can’t risk taking on ‘The Eagle’ in a rematch just yet. Lose again – as he realistically probably would – and his credibility will be irreparably damaged. It’s already deteriorated enough. Somebody like Cerrone would be a tough but beatable opponent, and would likely stand and bang with him. That’s the type of fight he needs next to get his confidence back.