Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Islam Makhachev (© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports & islam_makha

Conor McGregor SLAMS Khabib’s team mate for sexist comment

✔ The MMA community has been swift to critique Islam Makhachev ✔"A Convicted Steroid cheat that will do anything to..."

Conor McGregor has much of the MMA community on his side as he took to social media to fire shots at Islam Makhachev for controversial, misogynistic comments.

The MMA community is enthralled with the Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, following their five round war at UFC 248. Zhang ended up winning the title bout via split decision, but both women are winners in the eyes of the fans. The fight stole the show, won “Fight of the Night” honours and has been hailed by many as not only one of the best women’s MMA bouts ever, but one of the greatest MMA bouts in general. Unfortunately, UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev, friend and team mate to Khabib Nurmagomedov, didn’t see it that way – and was slammed by Conor McGregor for doing so.

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Shortly after the strawweight title bout, Makhachev wrote “this is not a woman’s sport,” on Twitter, then deleted the comment.

Makahchev didn’t delete the tweet quickly enough to avoid screenshots being taken of it. When McGregor caught wind of the comment, he too took to Twitter to write the following: 

“An absolute cretin. A Convicted Steroid cheat that will do anything to avoid impact and stall a fight, and then talks down on one of the greatest exchanges of combat ever produced by our female combatants. These little gremlins! It’s back on. Filthy rats. Shame on the game.”

The intense feud between Nurmagomedov and McGregor, as well as their teams, doubtlessly affected the Irishman’s response.

Since Makhachev’s now-deleted comment, his subsequent posts have been flooded by critique from MMA fans, not willing to let the Russian forget about his misogynistic post. Across different social media platforms, fans are reigning down on Makhachev. Him deleting the post was undoubtedly the result of him realising it was ill-advised, but the damage has already been done.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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