Conor McGregor Gets Schooled by Team Khabib for ‘Running Away From USADA’ After Distasteful Comments by Irish UFC Star

Published 01/11/2024, 1:26 AM EST

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Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s cousin Umar has been finding it difficult to get a match as of late. He took to social media to express the situation he was in when Conor McGregor took a jibe, claiming that he was on steroids. However, Umar Nurmagomedov clapped back at the Irishman, reminding him of his struggles with USADA.

It’s been over a year since Umar Nurmagomedov fought inside the Octagon. He last fought Raoni Barcelos at UFC Fight Night 217, whom he knocked out in the first round. Thereafter, Umar was paired with Cory Sandhagen in a match when an injury forced him to pull out. While talking about his difficulty in finding an opponent, Conor McGregor did not miss the opportunity to diss him. Let’s see what the former double champion had to say.

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For a while now, Umar Nurmagomedov has been calling out Dana White on social media for a fight. He was open to fight anyone who stepped inside the Octagon with him. Umar recently opened up about being accused of taking layoffs in between his fights. However, he claimed that it was up to the UFC and not him. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin said, “I often get accused of long lay offs in between my fights, but it’s not always up to me. I’m ready to fight on February 17th or March 9th, but not 1 single fighter in my division wants to fight me.”


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This tweet did not go unnoticed as Conor McGregor chimed in to take jibes at team Khabib. He reminded Umar about Usman Nurmagomedov‘s recent suspension due to the use of a banned substance and accused his team of using steroids. McGregor said in a now-deleted tweet, “Your younger brother pooped for steroids. That’s four now out of your family caught on steroids while fighting.” This comment seemingly enraged the Dagestani featherweight as he reminded the former double champion of his own problems with USADA.

Umar Nurmagomedov, in turn, accuses ‘The Notorious’ of avoiding USADA

After two years out of action, Conor McGregor was initially slated to make his comeback to the UFC in the latter half of 2023. However, the Irishman did not enlist in the USADA’s testing pool, which is mandatory for all fighters, and go through their 6-month testing process. As such, the UFC did not let fans know about McGregor’s comeback with an official announcement. However, after the UFC’s partnership with USADA ended, ‘The Notorious’ swiftly announced his comeback fight to take place on June 29.

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Umar Nurmagomedov referenced this debacle and claimed that McGregor ran away from USADA. “The one who runs away from USADA is talking. Shut your mouth old fart,” Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin added.


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Umar reminded Conor McGregor to take a look at his own history before pointing fingers at others. It seems like the Irishman rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov is still going strong since McGregor never fails to take a jibe at the Dagestani legend’s team.

It is important to note that Umar Nurmagomedov is not the first one to accuse Conor McGregor of avoiding USADA. The former double champion had added a considerable amount of muscle during his time away and even though he healed from his devastating leg injury, he did not compete last year, leading people to think that he could be on some banned substances.


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However, we finally have the date for McGregor’s return, but we are still waiting to hear from Dana White about Umar’s next fight.


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Himanga Mahanta


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