Whether it was Saturday night’s main event that got Conor McGregor all fired up, or maybe recent comments that Khabib Nurmagomedov made to ESPN – where he compared the former double-champ to an “old prostitute” – the UFC’s most notable star put the Dagestani lightweight champion on blast over social media.
In a stream of Tweets sent out Monday afternoon, McGregor made it clear that he believes he’ll be the next one to face Justin Gaethje—instead of Nurmagomedov.
The fans make the sport!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
Watching the other night I was against going in without them. But it will be my fucking pleasure to display the power I possess with zero background noise for them.
Its me and Justin next as khabib is the biggest bottle fighter in the game.
McGregor also went after Khabib’s management team, calling back to his “terrorist snitch” comments from years past, likely a reference to the book Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot against America. The book includes information about an “Egyptian mixed martial arts expert” named Ali Abdelaziz, apparently recruited by the NYPD in 2002.
Don’t ever say you represent the great nation of the United States of America ever again. No true American would speak so highly of, or allow, a convicted member of a Jihadi terror cell represent them.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
You are a fucking blind fool, and I am going to finish the job.
Khabib you absolute embarrassment. Scurrying, hiding rat as usual. As I have said many times. As has been seen many times. Through the pane of glass it was confirmed what was always known.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
“No comment” lol.
An embarrassment to real fighting.
In a recent social media post of his own, Nurmagomedov told fans that he expects to be ready to fight by July. Which should give the UFC plenty of leeway to put together a fight with Gaethje in August or September—the timeline the newly crowned interim champ says he’s looking at.
If, however – given the current potential for travel restrictions and other pandemic complications – the bout can’t be put together, it may just be that we end up seeing Gaethje and McGregor share the Octagon sometime in 2020.