Khabib Nurmagomedov Reacts to Conor McGregor’s Latest Loss

Former MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov predicted Monday that Conor McGregor’s career was essentially over after sustaining a leg injury at UFC 264 and that promotion of the UFC star is bad for the sport. Nurmagomedov, who is one of McGregor’s biggest rivals and has beaten him in the Octagon, told ESPN that McGregor has shown his true colors over recent years.



“Money and fame show who you are,” he told ESPN. “All the time we hear that money and fame change people. No. When money and fame come, these two things show who you are. And what has [McGregor] done? He punched an old guy [in a bar in 2019]. You guys can watch everything he did and understand, it’s just like Dustin [Poirier] said, ‘This guy is a bag of s–t.’

“I saw a lot of tweets try to support him. How are you gonna support this guy? When kids, young generation watch him, watch this sport? If you want to promote your fight, promote. If the MMA community is going to support this bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way.”

Nurmagomedov downplayed any chance of McGregor competing at a high level again, saying:

“This guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”

Nurmagomedov said he does not expect his old rival to compete at a high level, due to an overall lack of hunger and the leg injury.

“Without broken legs, yes, [he could be the same],” Nurmagomedov said. “But with broken legs, he’s never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don’t believe [he’ll return to the top]. Conor have good age [32], but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”

Khabib also left a comment or two on Twitter:

Khabib has spoken.

Just wish this guy wouldn’t have retired so early.  He was amazing to watch in the octagon.

Nurmagomedov finished his career 29-0.

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