Conor McGregor has once again taken to social media for a call-out, this time criticizing the Nurmagomedov clan with a since deleted response.
Just over one week ago, it was announced that Conor McGregor would make his return to the Octagon during International Fight Week in June, following a questionable timeline status for the last several months. Additionally, it has been said that the fight will take place in the middleweight division. This will be the highest weight that both McGregor and his opponent Michael Chandler have fought at.
Given the history of bad blood between McGregor and the former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, tension between these two camps is nothing new. Most recently, McGregor took aim at Khabib’s cousin, 16-0 UFC bantamweight Umar Nurmagomedov. “The Notorious” sent the following since deleted response to Umar’s post targeting the Nurmagomedov camp.
“Your younger brother popped for steroids, that’s 4 now out of your family caught on steroids while fighting.”
In this post, McGregor is referring to the younger brother of Umar, Usman Nurmagomedov, who is also undefeated with 17 victories. Usman most recently defeated Brent Primus in a unanimous decision, but following a failed drug test, the fight was overturned to a no contest. Usman was forced to accept a suspension of six months and pay a $50,000 fine.
Preceding the bout with Primus, Nurmagomedov achieved one of the most viral finishes of the year while defending his title over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Following a gorgeously placed question mark kick by the Russian champion, which dropped Henderson, Nurmagomedov began to execute dominating ground control and quickly sealed the deal with a creatively set up rear naked choke.
Beautiful question mark kick by Usman Nurmagomedov followed by ground and pound, and a RNC choke to beat Benson Henderson in the first round at #Bellator292 Flawless performance by Usman! pic.twitter.com/1dauINcSSm
— AlAudhli 𝕏 العوذلي (@AAudhli) March 11, 2023
An additional member of the Nurmagomedov camp that was not mentioned directly, but McGregor was likely alluding to, is current UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.
Back in 2016 the titleholder tested positive for an illegal substance called meldonium that resulted in the cancellation of his scheduled fight with Drew Dober. However, the pair would eventually get their opportunity to square off in 2021 at UFC 259, where Makhachev finished things with a third round arm triangle choke from top half guard.