For those who thought Conor McGregor wouldn’t dole out any trash talk before his scheduled fight at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, think again.
The former two-division world champion took to his Instagram account on Friday and had some harsh words for Nurmagomedov’s father and coach Abdulmanap.
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@abdulmanap.nurmagomedov I can see you. Cowering behind fake respect. Just like your middle child. A quivering coward.
The post appears to stem from comments Abdulmanap made earlier in August, casting doubt on the legitimacy of McGregor’s run as lightweight champion and not being able to withstand his son’s wrestling game.
“I think Conor understands that he wasn’t the real champion at 155 (pounds),” Abdulmanap said. “He only fought against two lightweights and one of them choked him out. When he took the belt, there were about six lightweights who were stronger than him. There are a lot of fighters who deserve a title shot more than Conor. For example, (Dustin) Poirier. He can keep a high pace. He tries to finish opponents. Poirier is the real contender.”
The Nurmagomedov-McGregor rivalry heated up when the Irishman and his friends barreled through the bowels of the Barclays Center after UFC 223 media day. McGregor went on to throw a dolly through a bus window that was carrying Nurmagomedov and several other UFC fighters.
McGregor ended up getting arrested and charged with multiple charges of assault. In July, the former two-division champion reached a plea agreement and pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct.
UFC 229 takes place Oct. 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will mark the return of McGregor, who will come back after a 23-month layoff from MMA.