Conor McGregor couldn’t resist taking a parting shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov following his bitter rival’s official retirement from MMA.
Nurmagomedov claimed to have retired from the sport after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 back in October, only to flirt with the possibility of a comeback earlier this year.
UFC President Dana White revealed back in January that the Russian would contemplate fighting again if the winner of McGregor’s clash with Dustin Poirier on January 24 impressed him.
Poirier came out on top in that bout over on Fight Island, yet Nurmagomedov clearly wasn't dazzled by his performance on the night.
White confirmed on Thursday night that his middleweight champion has decided to bow out from the sport for good, posting a photo of them together on Twitter and writing: “29-0 it is. He is *100 emoji* officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.”
And following the announcement, McGregor has wished his arch-nemesis a happy retirement on Instagram – albeit while also taking credit for his success in the Octagon.
The Irishman, who was beaten by Nurmagomedov back in 2018, posted an old photo of them together and wrote: “Happy retirement kid, smell ya later.
“Never forget who came in the game and made ye. Straight from my big Irish balls.
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“Remember folks, if you hate cutting weight so much, all you have to do is move up a division. God bless.”
Nurmagomedov met with White this week to confirm his plans to retire from MMA, saying: “It was a good dinner with some great people. Dana White, thank you so much brother and the entire UFC team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many lives forever because of this sport.
“Dana – I’ll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you. Today there was a real conversation between real men.
“Also thank you to all team, sparing partners and all fans. I hope you will accept my decision and understand me.”
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