Conor McGregor is a clown and has been for quite some time. You know what? Scratch that. Clowns are supposed to be funny, and there’s nothing funny about the stunt McGregor pulled recently in insulting the memory of Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s late father, seemingly in response to the comments Nurmagomedov made following McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
There’s certainly no love lost Conor and Khabib, who met for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 229 back in October 2018. Nurmagomedov was victorious that night, winning his first title defense via submission in the fourth round. Still, the event may always best be remembered for the fight that took place afterward.
But there was also plenty that happened before the official fight took place. Ahead of UFC 223 a few months earlier, where Khabib won the title, McGregor attacked a bus that contained multiple fighters scheduled to compete at the event, including Nurmagomedov, and was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief, all of which were later dropped when he reached a plea agreement. Leading up to their fight, McGregor then insulted Khabib’s wife, father, and religion.
So you can understand why Nurmagomedov was pleased to see McGregor lose to Poirier a couple of weeks back.
Khabib Nurmagomedov congratulated Dustin Poirier for his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 264
While McGregor may not believe that he was losing to Poirier at UFC 264 before breaking his leg, he’s literally sorely mistaken.
The fight was fairly even for the first minute or so as the two exchanged blows, but Poirer was in complete control over the next three minutes. After escaping a Conor guillotine, Poirier used his position to dominate McGregor as he unleashed a series of elbows and punches that rocked the former two-division champ.
Poirier essentially allowed him to get back on his feet as the first round came to a close, but Conor quickly went down as he landed awkwardly after throwing a punch, which resulted in a broken left tibia and the end of the bout. It was McGregor’s third loss in his last four UFC fights and his fourth loss in five fights if you take into account his loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Shortly after the fight was over, Nurmagomedov took to Twitter to congratulate Poirier.
Harmless enough, right? McGregor surprisingly didn’t respond in the days that followed but finally did earlier this week. And, unsurprisingly, his response was classless.
McGregor insulted Khabib’s late father in a since-deleted tweet
For those unaware, Nurmagomedov’s father, Adbulmanap, died last year from complications resulting from COVID-19. So McGregor decided he’d use that tragedy against his rival in a since-deleted tweet, asking, “Covid is good and father is evil?”
Nurmagomedov always referred to his dad as “father,” so while Conor may not have mentioned him by name, it’s 100% clear who he was talking about. Of course, McGregor could always go with the “I was hacked” excuse, which could very well be true. But that’s highly unlikely as comments such as those are things he’s been saying for years now.
Conor will continue to make millions upon millions of dollars
At one point in time, I actually had respect for Conor McGregor. His rise from poverty to the top of the fight game was a true rags-to-riches story, and he truly earned everything he achieved in the sport. But over the last few years, he’s become a complete embarrassment.
He punched an old man in a bar. There was the bus incident. He smashed a fan’s phone. He’s insulted his opponents’ kids, wives, and parents. Even as he was being stretchered out of the octagon at UFC 264, he still took the time to call Poirier’s wife a “ho,” among other things we won’t repeat here. In short, McGregor has become what he once despised: a bully.
But here’s the thing. The people around him and the higher-ups at UFC, including Dana White, won’t do a thing about it. And we all know why, don’t we? McGregor makes all of those people rich. And when he’s healthy enough to return, he’ll be right back in the main event because of who he is. And those who support him will shell out the dough with the hope that he wins, and those who hate him will do the same to watch him lose.
Either way, he and UFC will still get paid, and that’s clearly all Conor cares about anymore. He certainly doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks about him, and that’s fine. But he’s crossing lines now that shouldn’t be crossed and really needs to go away. But we all know that’s not going to happen, which is unfortunate as it seems he’s only getting worse as time goes on.