Over the last several years, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have built an ongoing rivalry. The banter between the two fighters extended far outside the octagon that involved law enforcement in a couple of instances. Despite all that, it finally appears that McGregor has moved on from the situation with Khabib.
Conor McGregor’s rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have a history checkered with memorable moments beyond their UFC 229 fight.
Their paths have crossed over the last several years that began with the two holding a friendly bond dating back to 2014. Things went off the rails from that point on as a rivalry began with McGregor and Nurmagomedov trash-talking about fighting each other at 155 pounds.
The chatter ramped up with Nurmagomedov taking a shot at McGregor over Twitter after losing to Nate Diaz in March 2016. Over the next couple of years, the two continued their back-and-forth banter behind their clash of egos.
These events led McGregor and a group of his friends to sneak into the UFC 223 Media in April 2018, which saw him throw a dolly through a window of the bus that had Nurmagomedov and other fighters on his team. The incident led to McGregor turning himself into police and receiving a plea deal to avoid any felony charges.
All that finally guided things toward a match for UFC 229, where Nurmagomedov dominated the fight resulting in a submission finish over McGregor. Since then, the tension has remained between the two fighters, but it appears things may have become patched up.
Conor McGregor finally makes peace with Khabib
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have maintained their long-standing rivalry.
Things may have finally taken a backseat between the two fighters after Khabib’s convincing win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Following his 29th career win, the undefeated fighter took a moment to announce his retirement due to the promise to his mother after his father passed away earlier this year.
Following that genuine moment, McGregor went to Twitter to praise Khabib while moving on from the rivalry and paid his respects to Nurmagomedov’s family. It’s a significant change in tone from the 32-year-old, but the situation goes well beyond any octagon. Khabib is still dealing with the loss of his father, who trained him throughout his MMA career.
He has experienced a significant loss that has ceased any motivation to keep fighting without his father in his corner. Khabib made the difficult decision to step away from his craft, but it’s one that McGregor holds tremendous respect toward that choice.
Next UFC opponent lined up
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s decision to retire closes a possible chapter in Conor McGregor’s UFC career, but his next match is just about set in stone.
He has a formidable opponent ahead against Dustin Poirier presumptively scheduled for UFC 257 in January 2021. The two previously fought at UFC 178 in September 2014, which saw McGregor win via TKO in the first round.
Poirier remains one of the most respected fighters in the business, while McGregor has not fought since last January in where he recorded a first-round knockout against Donald Cerrone. There are reports that the proposed upcoming UFC 257 match could be for the vacant light heavyweight title.
McGregor has already voiced that he plans to box legendary fighter Manny Pacquiao after that bout. There hasn’t been a date hammered out, but the two sides remain in constant dialogue.