Conor McGregor (left) och Khabib Nurmagomedov (right). Photos: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Khabib Nurmagomedov to Conor McGregor: “Rapists are not welcome”

The two bitter rivals are at it again, and the Russian may have gotten the last laugh in the exchange

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are at each other’s throats once again. While intense rivalry usually dies off after that fighters have had the chance to settle the score in the cage, these two simply continue. The latest verbal scuffle was the result of comments made by UFC president Dana White.

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In an interview with The Boston Globe, White made it clear that Nurmagomedov is the one with leverage in calling fights, not McGregor. The latter has on multiple occasions tried to get a rematch with his rival – But to no avail. White said that undefeated Nurmagomedov is the one who decides.

“Khabib is the man now,” White said. “Conor isn’t the man anymore, so Khabib gets to sit back and call the shots.”

This comment caused a stern response from McGregor, who took to Twitter to respond.

“Who’s not the man? Your man had that marquee event did he? More like an event in a marquee. A tent in the fucking sand it was. Keep spoofing to your self horse. Jock strap sniffer championships.”

This began an exchange in Russian between McGregor and Nurmagomedov.

“This is a fiasco, alcoholic,” Nurmagomedov wrote, in reference to a known Russian meme.

“See you in Moscow, pussy,” McGregor responded.

“Rapists aren’t welcome in Moscow,” the Russian wrote.

It seems there’s certainly no love lost between these two bitter rivals. McGregor seems intent on rematching Nurmagomedov, but the reigning UFC lightweight champion isn’t as inclined. However, McGregor has a slew of personal and legal issues to work out as well, including a new investigation of sexual assault, which is what Nurmagomedov is alluding to.


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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