Conor McGregor and Al Iaquinta Exchanged Shots on Twitter… The Pair Are Slowly Developing a Tense Rivalry, With ‘Ragin’ Al’ Sensing His Opportunity to Make a Lot of Money…

If you’re just talking about MMA, Conor McGregor and Al Iaquinta had very different 2018s. This is kind of ironic because they both lost to the same guy. ‘The Notorious’ submitted to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagamedov, taking a brutal beating in the process. It was his first fight in an octagon since 2016, and now his career is at a turning point.

Meanwhile, Iaquinta was sensationally booked as a last-minute opponent for Khabib at UFC 223. He too would lose to the champion but can hold his head high. He managed to drag the champion to a decision and would go on to convincingly beat the highly-touted Kevin Lee later in the year.

Iaquinta wasted no time in calling out McGregor, as he senses that he fits the profile of the opponent that the Irishman will want to fight next. Their beef is slowly building on Twitter and heightened to new levels as they exchanged words, which you can see below.


It all started because McGregor took umbrage with comments made by Tristar MMA’s Firas Zahabi. Best known as Georges St. Pierre’s head coach, Zahabi was asked who would win in a potential rematch: McGregor or featherweight champion Max Holloway. The respected coach picked ‘Blessed’ and McGregor responded with the below message.

“Hey Firas. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp. You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it? You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living. Shut your pie, kid.”

Somebody is clearly sensitive. Georges St. Pierre remains the greatest UFC welterweight of all time, with the most title defences in the division. Clearly, his methods work.

Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

No Time

Iaquinta’s profile has understandably grown over the last year. The New York native works in real estate so he knows how to make sales and is clearly trying to sell himself as a potential opponent for ‘The Notorious.’ As a wrestler with decent boxing skills, he’d definitely be a very interesting match-up for his rival. He wasted no time in responding to McGregor, tweeting:

“Ooo roast me next!”

The former champ-champ took his opportunity happily, posting the below image.

Pile On

Iaquinta seemed genuinely disappointed by McGregor’s response. As ‘The Notorious’ has become richer, his wit has also appeared to decline. ‘Ragin Al’ wrote:

“Ehhh not your best work.. saving the good stuff for the fight you’re so smart”

McGregor really isn’t very popular amongst many of his peers. Khabib Nurmagamedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz decided to get involved, with his own response on the social media platform. McGregor famously called Abdelaziz a ‘rat,’ describing him as a terrorist and questioning his religion and family values. He tweeted:

“At least he fought Khabib like man he didn’t give up like you bitch.”

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