Monday turned into an all-out brawl on social media as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov fired back at ex-champ Conor McGregor’s Twitter rant, leading to a profane exchange between the rivals.
After McGregor called Nurmagomedov an “embarrassment” and dismissed him as a threat to newly minted interim champ Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov hopped online to issue his own rebuke.
Yes, we remember you, you was so nice that night, be same, don’t be fake. pic.twitter.com/SOcLb5jjKX— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 11, 2020
Nurmagomedov then used McGregor’s words against him to recap their meeting at UFC 229, when he cinched a fourth-round submission after dropping the Irish star earlier in the fight.
McGregor told Gaethje “there is no danger in a man that hugs legs,” referring to Nurmagomedov’s wrestling-centric style. But as the champ pointed out, it was that very style that felled him two years ago.
Hug legs? Have you forgot how I knock you down, or you typing tweets drunk? Beat you in striking, parts you up in wrestling, absolutely destroy you in grappling, Made you grab air with your hands, and at the end you gave up. last one, don’t forget your words ‘it’s only business’— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 12, 2020
McGregor couldn’t help himself and jumped back into the proverbial ring, posting a picture of a young Nurmagomedov in a bathtub with his teammates.
“Yes, hug legs,” he wrote. “Hug legs and bathe in tiny bathtubs with groups of men, while touching their legs.”
McGregor then escalated things with an attack at the Russian’s culture.
“What the f*ck is going on here?” the Irish star said in a later-deleted tweet. “How can this country condemn/punish homosexuals, yet lock their wives and children away, and engage solely in this type of activity. Male only. It’s quite bizarre.”
McGregor’s attack wasn’t the first to employ a jab about sexual preference. He previously landed in hot water for using a slur against homosexuals during an UFC event in 2017. He later apologized for his language.
Nurmagomedov, though, took the charge and turned it right around.
McGregor returned to the cage in January with a highlight-reel stoppage of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, putting him back in the win column after his bid to reclaim the UFC lightweight title went south. He has been linked to bouts with Gaethje and Nurmagomedov since his comeback win, but according to UFC President Dana White, a title unifier is next up for the champ.