Khabib Nurmagomedov has responded to Conor McGregor’s now-deleted tweet that appeared to mock the death of Nurmagomedov’s late father, labelling the post as “terrible.”
Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap, passed away last year after contracting COVID-19 following a heart surgery.
The tragic death led Nurmagomedov, widely considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, to retire from the sport following his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October last year.
Following the victory, Nurmagomedov broke down in tears in the centre of the octagon. Shortly after, he announced that the fight would be his last in the UFC and that he was retiring from MMA.
Despite UFC president Dana White attempting for months to persuade Nurmagomedov to compete one last time, in March White accepted his decision and Nurmagomedov officially vacated the UFC lightweight title.
Since Nurmagomedov’s retirement, the Eagle has remained in the MMA sphere and has regularly shared his thoughts on various UFC events.
One fight that fans were particularly keen to know Nurmagomedov’s thoughts on was the recent clash between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, two of the Eagle’s previous opponents.
Following Poirier’s stunning victory over the Irishman at UFC 264, Nurmagomedov took to Twitter and told his fans: “Good always defeats evil.”
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Nurmagomedov’s comments clearly riled McGregor up and during one of the Irishman’s notorious Twitter barrages, the former two-weight UFC champion responded to the Eagle.
McGregor said: “Covid is good and father is evil?”.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Nurmagomedov was asked about McGregor’s comments and while the Russian was characteristically blunt in the face of the TMZ interviewer, his response was telling, nonetheless.
When asked about whether he thought McGregor’s tweet crossed the line, the Eagle simply said: “I think so.”
The Eagle was then asked what he thought of the tweet, and while Nurmagomedov had already started walking away from the interviewer, he shouted that he believed it was “terrible.”
McGregor has been widely condemned for the tweet and has since deleted the post.
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