Conor McGregor has fired back at Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian send a social media message following his defeat to Dustin Poirier.
The Notorious’ long-awaited comeback did not go according to plan after he was knocked out in the second round of his clash against Poirier in Abu Dhabi.
Shortly after the fight his long-time rival Khabib posted on Twitter : “This is what happens, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.”
And when asked about the comments during his post-match press conference McGregor had a few choice words for Khabib.
“My team has been my team since day one, I have not changed anything,” he responded.
“It is what it is. Respect the athletes, that’s the character of the man for sure, behind the mask… If he wants to have his disrespectful comments, come back my man.”
Khabib announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje in October, but it looked recently as though he could be tempted into a U-Turn by Dana White.
However, the UFC chief said after the fight on Khabib: “He said to me, Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m levels above these guys.”
Commenting further on his loss, meanwhile, McGregor added: “It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and I don’t even know whether I’m that upset. I don’t know what to say.
“I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin, because those leg kicks are not to be messed with. That calf kick, that low calf kick, I’ve never experienced that.
“My leg is completely dead. Even though I felt like I was checking them. … I was badly compromised.”