One in all Conor McGregor’s former rivals thinks his time must be up for good.
Retired UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, a foe of McGregor who retired in 2020, thinks that the game must be accomplished with the Irishman for his dangerous angle and historical past of bullying and fights outdoors the ring.
“Cash and fame present who you’re,” Nurmagomedov informed ESPN.com.
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“On a regular basis we hear that cash and fame change individuals. No. When cash and fame come, these two issues present who you’re. And what has [McGregor] accomplished? He punched an previous man [in a bar in 2019]. You guys can watch every part he did and perceive, it’s similar to Dustin stated, ‘This man is a bag of s***.’
“I noticed a variety of tweets attempt to help him. How are you gonna help this man? When children, younger era watch him, watch this sport? If you wish to promote your battle, promote.”
McGregor and Nurmagomedov have a protracted historical past of hate. Earlier than a 2018 title battle between the pair, McGregor publicly insulted Nurmagomedov’s father, spouse and faith.
McGregor additionally hurled a dolly at a bus the Russian was on at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, injuring a number of fighters who have been additionally passengers. Following his victory, Nurmagomedov vaulted over the octagon and attacked McGregor’s crew.
Previous to UFC 264 on Saturday, McGregor posted a direct message request screenshot from Dustin Poirier’s spouse and despatched threatening voice messages over Twitter.
As he was carted away on a stretcher, McGregor insulted Poirier and made quite a few threats. Nurmagomedov felt that his former foe’s ways will find yourself costing UFC.
“If the MMA neighborhood goes to help this dangerous individuals, this sport goes to go in a foul approach,” he stated.
The longest-reigning UFC light-weight champion added that McGregor won’t ever return to his earlier glory following his leg damage and what Nurmagomedov noticed as a scarcity of drive.
Nurmagomedov stated he believes that the UFC could have McGregor battle both Nate Diaz or have one other rematch Poirier. Regardless of the opponent, the Russian felt that McGregor wouldn’t win.
“With out damaged legs, sure, [he could be the same],” Nurmagomedov stated.
“However with damaged legs, he’s by no means going to kick the identical. With him, no, I don’t consider [he’ll return to the top]. Conor have good age , however what occurred along with his thoughts, legs — this man is completed, however he’s good for promotion.”
This text first appeared on the New York Postand was reproduced with permission.