Conor McGregor On Khabib’s Retirement: Never Forget Who Made You
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s heated rival, Conor McGregor, has spoken out on the former UFC Lightweight Champion’s “official” retirement.
Nurmagomedov last competed back in October 2020. He successfully defended the 155-pound gold in a dominant display against Justin Gaethje. He choked out “The Highlight” via triangle choke in the second round.
After the fight, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA competition. “The Eagle” cited his mother’s wish to refrain from fighting following the passing of his father. UFC President Dana White made several attempts to lure Khabib back inside the Octagon but he has finally conceded.
29-0 it is.
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 19, 2021
“29-0 it is. He is 100 percent officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work. Khabib,
thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.”
Never one to hold his tongue, McGregor took to his Instagram account to chime in on Nurmagomedov being done for good with MMA competition.
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“Happy retirement kid, smell ya later. Never forget who came in the game and made ye. Straight from my big Irish balls. Remember folks, if you hate cutting weight so much, all you have to do is move up a division.
Things have gotten personal between Khabib and McGregor over the years. McGregor attacked a fighter bus holding Nurmagomedov back in April 2018. This was in response to Khabib and members of his camp confronting Artem Lobov in a hotel lobby.
McGregor ended up challenging Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Title in October 2018. Nurmagomedov reigned supreme via fourth-round submission. After the fight, a brawl ensued between both camps.
The UFC has a plan in place for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje will be competing for the gold in the main event of UFC 262 on May 15.
As for McGregor, he’s expected to face Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight at some point this summer. The score is 1-1 between the two with both fights ending via TKO.