Conor McGregor blasts ‘disrespectful’ Khabib Nurmagomedov as rivalry takes fresh twist
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Conor McGregor has blasted fierce rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in the aftermath of his shock defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. The Notorious was knocked out in the second round after receiving a flurry of leg kicks which left him dead on his feet.
McGregor was unable to dance around the Octagon and being brutally beaten on his lead leg.
That paved the way for Poirier to unleash a number of devastating punches which saw McGregor drop to the canvas.
The referee stepped in and called the bout off as Poirier defeat the fifth ex-UFC champion of his career.
Many MMA fans were hoping McGregor could entice Khabib out of retirement by putting on a show against Poirier.
But the Russian taunted his Irish rival by taking to Twitter following the fight.
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“This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality,” Khabib wrote.
However, McGregor has bit back at his foe and called for a rematch of their explosive 2018 clash.
“Does he want to come back or no?” McGregor said. “Because he’s not throwing no leg kicks.
“If he wants to have his disrespectful comments, come back and let’s go again my man. I’m here for it. That’s fighting talk.”
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Khabib maintained his unbeaten record and lightweight belt when he beat McGregor a little over two years ago.
The pair have been kept apart ever since because of the carnage which occurred in the Octagon on that fateful night.
Members of both parties stormed the Octagon and brawled in scenes never before witnessed in the UFC.
Dana White will attempt to make a rematch between McGregor and Khabib but he does not reckon it is likely.
“I did talk to Khabib [after the fight],” White revealed.
“He said to me ‘Dana be honest with yourself, I’m so many levels above these guys, I’d beat these guys’.
“It doesn’t sound very positive so we’ll see. I’ve told you guys before he won’t hold the division up. He’s basically retired…”
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