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Conor McGregor mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov – Gets a serious clap back

"...He shouldn’t talk about making weight."

UFC superstar Conor McGregor got more than he bargained for when trying to provoke arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov – as he received a harsh response.

While most MMA rivalries come to an end after that the fighters have fought, some simply don’t die down. Sometimes there is just too much deeply-rooted bad blood for a single bout to settle things. Such has been the case so far for Irish former UFC champ Conor McGregor and Russian, reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two have been at odds not just due to conflicts between their teams, but also at an almost ideological level. On more than one occasion this rivalry has spilled out into violence outside of the cage, resulting in serious consequences for both parties.

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Recently Tony Ferguson made championship weight in time for the cancelled UFC 249,where he was slated to face Nurmagomedov. While absolutely not needing to make weight he still did so out of principle to prove that he could and would have fought if given the chance. This was something that McGregor responded positively to, congratulating Ferguson on his “victory”.

“Congrats on an excellent victory, Tony Ferguson!! Now let’s have the other guy on the scale,” McGregor wrote implying Nurmagomedov.

The message from McGregor garnered a response from Ali Abdelaziz, manager to Nurmagomedov, who let the Irishman have it.

“When mctapper made weight, this guy ate him,” Abdelaziz wrote. “He shouldn’t talk about making weight.”

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After a contentious rivalry, McGregor and Nurmagomedov finally collided at UFC 229 – The most successful MMA pay-per-view ever. For the most part Nurmagomedov was able to utilise his wrestling to control McGregor on the ground. However McGregor had a lot of success with his stand up in the third round. Despite that Nurmagomedov would manage to secure a neck crank in the fourth round that forced McGregor to tap.

Nurmagomedov was supposed to defend his title against Ferguson at UFC 249, but withdrew from the bout after being stranded in Russia for lock down due to the global pandemic. The event would, though, go on to be cancelled at the behest of ESPN and parent company Disney. McGregor hasn’t fought since UFC 246 where he TKO’d Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the first round.

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