UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was quick to drop a line at Conor McGregor after his 2nd round loss to Dustin Poirier in the main-event of UFC 257 on Saturday night.
Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) didn’t make it look mild hitting the already defeated McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC). He didn’t also name McGregor in the tweet either.
Khabib was directed his reasons for McGregor’s loss to his coaching, sparring partners and his failure to understand, he lives in a virtual reality, not taking the event
“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,” Nurmagomedov wrote.
Despite going through the trauma of his first knockout loss, McGregor did well to follow through the latest on his social media and with that able to give a befitting reply to the seemingly retired undefeated champion.
“My team has been the team since Day 1. I have not changed anything. It is what it is. Respect the athletes,” McGregor said. “That’s the character of the man, for sure, behind the mask. Whatever, what’s he want to do? Does he want to come back or no? … 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.”
McGregor was subdued with punches in the second round with punches in the second round of the fight. His third stoppage but his first knockout loss. His previous losses were by submission.
Nurmagomedov is still the UFC champion despite announcing retirement after his successful defense of the UFC belt against Justin Gaethje. He has since kept his UFC future uncertain, by the UFC President to unravel what the undefeated champion has in his plans.
White is keeping a positive mind, the Russian will return for a chance to make his record a perfect 30-0 before making a final retirement. White, who met with the Russian before the UFC on ESPN 20 during the midweek, announced the champion’s return will be decided by the outcome of the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
The UFC 257 fight card was held on Saturday night at the Ethiad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,UAE. The event was live on ESPN with prelims on ESPN+.