Conor McGregor was being lined up for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov until he opened his mouth on social media.
The Irishman was choked out by the lightweight champion two years ago and has fought only once twice.
But his 40-second victory over Donald Cerrone in January looked set to be enough to earn him a title shot against Nurmagomedov, assuming he beats Justin Gaethje later this month.
UFC president Dana White was planning to relaunch his reality show The Ultimate Fighter with McGregor and Nurmagomedov as opposing captains with the rivals then fighting next year.
But when McGregor took to social media to leak his private messages with White, Nurmagomedov had a change of heart.
"[Khabib] was gonna do it until Conor did all this s***," White told Barstool Sports. "That’s what I was saying. I felt like I was in a good place and we were going to get that done.
"We were going to do The Ultimate Fighter on ESPN and f***ing do the rematch but Conor blew that.
"Yeah, Khabib said f*** him; that was it."
McGregor's future remains up in the air after he claimed last weekend that he and Manny Pacquiao are due to fight later this year or early in 2021.
The former two-weight world champion then reached out to former rival Dustin Poirier to offer him a charity sparring match in Ireland on December 12.
The UFC then stepped in to offer the pair a fight in January, more than six years after McGregor stopped Poirier in the first round.
"He called out Poirier with Conor in Dublin for charity so we offered them both a fight," White added. "We offered Dustin and Conor a fight so we’re waiting to hear back from both of them."
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