Conor McGregor hurled plenty of soundbites in the direction Khabib Nurmagomedov during their press conference Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The tirade propelled McGregor into an instant trending topic on Twitter, but it’s what “The Notorious One” said while engaged in a staredown with Nurmagomedov after the conference that especially has people talking.
While locking eyes with his prospective UFC 229 opponent, McGregor briefly diverted his attention to Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz.
“Shut your mouth, Ali Abdelaziz! You terrorist! You terrorist snitch!” McGregor yelled. “I know a lot about you as well. How’s Noah? How’s Noah?”
McGregor might have caught Abdelaziz off guard with the remark, but probably not more than MMA fans who desperately wanted to know what Conor was talking about and who Noah is.
Well, it appears that McGregor’s research skills are on par with his knuckle game, trash talking and showmanship, as it was later explained.
FYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA does his homework when preparing for war.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 20, 2018
A source close to the family says Ali Abdelaziz recently tried to clear up his more than $50k in 11 yrs of outstanding back child support by offering to pay his son he ditched in 2006 $10k. The lowball offer came with a caveat that his mother who raised him not get a dime of it.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) July 15, 2018
The Oct. 6 clash between Nurmagomedov and McGregor was already steeped in bad blood after Nurmagomedov slapped Conor’s friend Artem Lobov, which prompted a wild bus attack in April by “The Notorious One,” and after McGregor called Khabib’s father a “coward behind fake respect” in August.
McGregor shedding light on Abdelaziz’s purported son only adds to the vitriol, which should boil over when the two heated rivals are locked in the Octagon in just over two weeks. At this point, it’s well past personal.