Conor McGregor has questioned the character of Khabib Nurmagomedov after his UFC nemesis mocked him following his shock defeat against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
The Irishman had been expected to make short work of his American opponent, who he had already beaten in convincing fashion back in 2014, but McGregor was subjected to a convincing beaten and was KO’d for the first time in his career deep in the second round.
McGregor had been hoping to follow-up his comeback win over Donald Cerrone 12 months ago with another convincing win which would aid his hopes of tempting Khabib out of retirement.
Those plans, however, are now in tatters and Khabib wasted little time in mocking McGregor on social media following his defeat and criticised his pre-fight preparation.
He said: ‘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.’
McGregor, by contrast, had been magnanimous and offered words of congratulations after the Dagestani called time on his career in the immediate aftermath of his win over Tony Ferguson last October and the 32-year-old struggled to his disdain for Khabib in his post-fight press conference.
‘My team has been the team since day one, I have not changed any team,’ he said. It is what it is. That is the character of the man for sure, behind the mask.
‘Is he coming back or not? Styles make fights, that’s why all this prestige stuff, I don’t hold onto that. Every fight against every man is different.
‘But if he wants to have his disrespectful comments come back and let’s go again my man. If you’re coming back, come back and you try and do it.’
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