The Russian Lightweight Champion of the World Tore Conor McGregor’s So-Called ‘Retirement’ to Shreds With a Savage Response to a Journalist in His Native Russia…
It is a good time to be called Khabib Nurmagamedov. The Russian UFC lightweight champion is possibly the most dominant fighter on the roster right now, with a ludicrous unbeaten record of 27-0. He consolidated his title last October by brutalizing Conor McGregor across four rounds and now reigns supreme in the division.
Even though he’s currently sitting out suspended and will refuse to return before September, Khabib is still keeping busy. When he’s not training and enhancing his skills, he’s off at Q&A sessions around the world and hanging out with Arab princes.
He’s also taking every opportunity to take a shot at the Irishman online or in interviews. Check out his latest savage message for ‘The Notorious’ below.
— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) April 2, 2019
As savage putdowns go, this is as about as rough as they come. The only thing more brutal that Khabib could have done to McGregor would be if he held him down for a round and beat him within an inch of his life. Oh, wait… Nevermind. Khabib reacted to McGregor’s retirement by saying:
“Conor acts like a jealous wife, who says ‘I will leave’ all the time but then comes back.”
It’s cruel but hilarious, and in fairness, it is also probably accurate. This is the second time McGregor has ‘retired’ via Twitter. Last time around it ended after about a month. Time will tell whether or not the Irishman is actually serious about it now. One thing is for sure, fans are getting frustrated with him. It might be better for him if he actually was.
Khabib fully expects McGregor to return to the UFC at some point in the near future. He believes it’s more about a breakdown in negotiations and the Irishman attempting to enhance his bargaining power. With the new ESPN deal in place though, his position is suddenly less powerful than before. Nurmagamedov said:
“McGregor couldn’t reach a deal with the UFC and it’s so they feel they’ve lost him and they could lose money. I don’t think he’s finished.”
It’s all a ploy.
Let’s not forget that Khabib himself is currently out of action. It’s looking highly likely that it will be September by the time he does finally step back into an octagon. He’s refusing to return before his suspended teammates Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov (his cousin.) Khabib said:
“I want to come back in September. But Zubaira Tukhugov is still banned, and I won’t fight ahead of him. I jumped out of the cage. He shouldn’t suffer because of my actions.”
When he finally does announce his comeback it will probably be against the winner of Max Holloway v Dustin Poirier, who fight for the interim title on April 14 at UFC 236. We really can’t wait for that one.