Khabib Nurmagomedov Says He Enjoyed To See Conor McGregor Lose to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Published 07/13/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Dustin Poirier celebrates after winning the fight against Conor McGregor REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Conor McGregor suffered a brutal injury in his fight against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264. McGregor’s leg was broken at the very last seconds of the first round and Poirier won the fight by doctor’s stoppage subsequently. Former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov kept a close eye on the fight.

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Nurmagomedov was in fact joyed to see his former opponent lose. However, he was happy for Poirier, who happens to be another of his former opponents. ‘The Eagle’ believes ‘The Diamond’ should capture the lightweight championship by the end of the year.

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“I really enjoy with this fight. Honestly, I really enjoy I’m I’m very happy for. For Dustin Poirier. I think he deserved title shot and I think right now he deserved to be UFC lightweight champion,” said ‘The Eagle’.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov shared one of the most heated rivalries in the history of the UFC. So, it’s not surprising to see the Dagestani glad to see his former opponent lose. However, McGregor empathized with the Russian when the latter lost his father. So, Nurmagomedov’s approach while the Irishman is down is an indication of the despise he possesses towards McGregor.

Poirier and Nurmagomedov on the other hand, share a rather respectful relationship. It is understandable why the undefeated Russian backs the Louisiana native to eventually become the UFC lightweight champion. He is expected to fight champion Charles Oliveira next.

Will Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov ever reconcile?

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McGregor and Nurmagomedov were once on good terms. In fact, the duo took pictures together after McGregor’s win over Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014. They also verbally agreed to train together on social media. But, it all turned sour after ‘The Notorious threw a dolly at a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and his team ahead of the Russian’s title fight against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.

LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Referee Herb Dean separates Conor McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

McGregor’s ruthless verbal attack on ‘The Eagle’ during the build-up of their fight at UFC 229 turned the relationship ever more sour. They have reached a point where it’s impossible for the duo to ever come to friendly terms it seems.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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