Conor McGregor continues to cross the line with his trash talk since suffering his second-consecutive loss to Dustin Poirier.
Following his UFC 264 loss, McGregor appeared to threaten to kill Poirier and his family in their sleep. He later posted a photo of Poirier and his young daughter with another threatening message, and now he’s taking aim at a former rival.
In his latest tweetstorm, McGregor took a below-the-belt shot at former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on social media.
In the since-deleted tweet, McGregor mocked the death of Khabib’s father,
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who died from complications of COVID-19 at age 57 last year. McGregor was referencing Khabib’s “good always defeats evil” tweet which came after his latest loss by tweeting, “Covid is good and father is evil?”
Not even gonna put a meme on this one – Conor McGregor got me into this sport, but I can't be a fan after this garbage. (For context, Khabib's father passed away from COVID earlier this year) McGregor's tweet has since been deleted. pic.twitter.com/kNjZ7S61NH
— UFC Dangerous Nights Crew (@ITYSL_UFC) July 27, 2021
In his final UFC performance, Nurmagomedov earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his dominant second-round, technical submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
With the win, Khabib advanced to 29-0 in his professional career. His 29 consecutive wins is the longest winning streak in all of mixed martial arts. Khabib first won the vacant lightweight championship on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223 when he scored a dominant decision win over Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn, New York.
The submission victory over Gaethje was his third title defense. Previously, Nurmagomedov choked out Poirier in his second title defense. Nurmagomedov’s first title defense was a submission victory over Conor McGregor in October 2018.
The Dagestani champion became the first Russian and first Muslim to win a UFC championship thanks in large part to his training by his father. His father was a wrestler and trained in judo and sambo in the military before converting the ground floor of Nurmagomedov’s home into a gym. Khabib developed into a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion before joining the UFC.
McGregor, meanwhile, dropped to 3-4 since beating Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship in 2016. McGregor has won just one fight in the past five years and is just 1-4 in the UFC at 155-pounds.