Conor McGregor Implies That Khabib Nurmagomedov Retired From UFC Because He Hated Cutting Weight

Published 03/20/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. He fought his last fight at UFC 254 after his father passed away because of coronavirus complications.

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‘The Eagle’ submitted Justin Gaethje and announced his retirement whilst chatting with Jon Anik following his twenty-ninth MMA win. The UFC never wanted the Dagestani fighter to retire, and they made efforts to schedule his next and last fight.

Unfortunately, ‘The Eagle’ never accepted any offer and remained steadfast on his retirement. Finally, the UFC relented and announced plans to move on with the lightweight division. In perfect sync with this, Nurmagomedov posted about his retirement on Instagram and thanked Dana White for everything.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 04: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks to UFC president Dana White during the UFC 229 Press Conference inside The Park Theater at Park MGM on October 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The former multi-division UFC champion Conor McGregor also followed this news. He posted an old photo of both the guys together on Instagram.

Conor McGregor wrote, ” Happy retirement kid, smell ya later. Never forget who came in the game and made ye. Straight from my big Irish ba**s. Remember folks, if you hate cutting weight so much, all you have to do is move up a division. God bless”.

‘The Notorious’ thinks it’s just because of him that Khabib Nurmagomedov has become a huge star. He believes he hated cutting weight for the fights, and this is the real reason he is retiring.

McGregor is someone who moved up a division and usurped Nurmagomedov’s spot for a title fight at UFC 205, which led to a call-out that culminated in a bus attack that led to an official bout.

Conor McGregor wanted to rematch ‘The Eagle’ after their brawl at UFC 229

Conor McGregor always demanded a rematch. He thought that the feud between them has not been resolved till now. After their fight was over at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov was part of the infamous cage-side brawl which involved his own teammates and Dillon Danis.

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This all happened as pre-fight tensions finally boiled over. However, the rematch never happened as ‘The Eagle’ believed he had already claimed the win in a convincing fashion.

What little possibilities there were of this taking place ended with McGregor’s loss at UFC 257 and, furthermore, with ‘The Eagle’s final decision on his career.

Now, Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired undefeated with unparalleled dominance in one division. What do you make of ‘The Notorious’ take on his foe’s farewell?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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