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Khabib Nurmagomedov may have beaten Conor McGregor en route to his undefeated retirement from MMA, but that doesn’t seem to have been enough to impress the Irishman – who has ravaged the ex-Russian champion in several since-deleted tweets.

One would have thought that Nurmagomedov wrapping his forearm around McGregor’s throat in the fourth round of the most-watched UFC fight in history a few years ago, would have put an end to what had become a growing rivalry. more fierce, taking a crash on the parking lots. and lively press conferences along the way.

But in the more than three years since meeting at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, the sport’s most intense feud still burns – with McGregor targeting Khabib again in his latest ‘tweet and delete’ fight. late Sunday evening. .

According to McGregor’s assessment, Khabib’s reluctance to put on weight to seek other challenges, along with what the Dubliner sees as a one-dimensional skill set, means the 29-0 Nurmagomedov can never be staged alongside true icons of sport.

In an extended Twitter exchange with documentary filmmaker Will Harris, from the Anatomy of a Fighter series, McGregor opened up about his thoughts on his biggest enemy.

“Yes – good, not great,” McGregor said when asked if he thought Khabib was a “good” fighter.

“Low KO rate”, McGregor elaborated. “I can’t kick at all. Never progressed in the weight class despite almost dying trying to gain weight. Withdrawn from fights several times. Retired early.

“All this leads him to [be] a good fighter, not great. He’s had a few good months, that’s all. “

Harris pressed McGregor on his statements, especially the weight class statement – but McGregor noted that Khabib had previously lacked weight and had withdrawn from several fights for various reasons, while McGregor competed in two outside divisions of the weight class in which he first won a world title.

“The door of death? It’s your side,” McGregor said when presented with a photo of him looking gaunt as he hit the 145-pound featherweight limit.

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“I’ve never missed weight or gone out once. And I walked through the division in the process. Finishing with the fastest knockout ever in a UFC world title fight. weight went perfectly. “

Despite McGregor’s criticism, both fighters are assured of their place in the history books.

McGregor became the first fighter to hold two world titles simultaneously when he crushed Eddie Alvarez in New York in 2016 to add the lightweight title to the featherweight crown he won from just under Jose Aldo. a year earlier, while Nurmagomedov remains the only champion to have left the UFC undefeated.

The pay-per-view topped by McGregor and Khabib remains by far the most successful in UFC history, although Nurmagomedov is not in any of the top ten – while McGregor is in all but two.

One is MMA’s biggest star and the other is the sport’s most dominant champion, but the two warring rivals are unlikely to agree on such a statement.


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