UFC Intervenes in Conor-Khabib Twitter War
It may be safe to say the bad blood between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov has reached a new personal level, and it has led to the UFC stepping in.
In a tweet from March 2 that has since been deleted, McGregor posted a photo of Nurmagomedov and his wife at their wedding, commenting “Your wife is a towel.” The current UFC lightweight champion’s wife was wearing a white veil covering her entire face, following with Nurmagomedov’s religion of Islam.
Nurmagomedov fired back harsh as well, calling McGregor a rapist while posting a photo of McGregor with a woman he’s alleged to have had an illegitimate child with. McGregor is under investigation for a possible sexual assault that occurred in his home country of Ireland back in January.
This all became too much for UFC President Dana White, and the MMA promotion had to interfere to cool things down.
“I am aware of the recent social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor,” White said in a statement. “The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is unacceptable. As such, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to both athlete camps and this situation is being addressed by all parties internally.”
White did not explain any measures or punitive actions the UFC was taking against either man, and if this incident would affect their current suspensions. Both men are still suspended as a result of the aftermath from their UFC 229 post-fight brawl that occurred back in October; however, McGregor’s suspension is scheduled to end this month.
While it has not been used quite often against fighters in the past, the UFC can try to invoke its Code of Conduct against both men for “violent, threatening or harassing behavior” and/or “derogatory or offensive conduct, including without limitation insulting language, symbols or actions about a person’s ethnic background, heritage, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.”
Following his hit-and-run of a pregnant woman in April 2015, Jon Jones was suspended indefinitely and ultimately stripped of the light heavyweight championship under this policy. Nate Diaz was also suspended in May 2013 under this policy after referring to a fellow fighter with a homophobic slur.
In the aftermath of Wednesday, April 3, McGregor tweeted a message of trying to put everything behind and encouraging fight fans to come together as one. He also hinted his most recent retirement may not be for long.
I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds.
All faiths challenge us to be our best selves.
It is one world and one for all ❤️
Now see you in the Octagon.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 4, 2019
Nurmagomedov, however, doesn’t appear to be one who will let things go just like that.
@TheNotoriousMMA If you think that insulting entire religion you be safe, you are mistaken.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 3, 2019
Original Story: MMAJunkie