“Throwing Family in the Mix Like Conor McGregor”- UFC Welterweight Backs Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Stance on “Bit*h” Colby Covington

Published 03/26/2022, 10:57 AM EDT
MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

UFC community is currently divided amidst the Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington controversy. The former friends are now one of the most vicious rivals in the promotion.

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And although they took their beef inside the UFC octagon, where ‘Chaos’ defeated ‘Gamebred’ at UFC 272, the animosity doesn’t seem to end. Reportedly, Masvidal attacked Covington outside a Miami Beach restaurant on Monday.

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Ever since the news broke out, many UFC fans and athletes have chimed in their thoughts on the conflict. One of them is the former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Dagestan native slammed the Californian for bringing up Masvidal’s family in his trash talk. Not only that, but he also asked UFC welterweight fighters to boycott Covington.

While talking about Nurmagomedov’s comments, surging UFC welterweight fighter Daniel Rodriguez in an interview with TMZ Sports said, I respect Khabib for that.”

“You know he has always been that kind of fighter that doesn’t you know disrespect. Especially family, you know. Trying to sell a fight is one thing, but when you start like throwing family in the mix, it’s kind of like personal.”

“I don’t respect throwing family in the mix like Conor McGregor was throwing to throw Dustin Poirier’s wife in the mix. Just trying to sell that fight. You don’t do that sh*t.” He added. 

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‘D-ROD’ also shared his thoughts on Covington, pressing charges against his arch-rival. He said, “Honestly, bro, you gotta expect that out of Colby Covington; you know. He is a bit*ch for pressing charges and I got a message for him. Its snitches get Stitches around here.” 

Petr Yan and Tai Tuivasa on comments made by Khabib Nurmagomedov

Although trash talk is one big factor in selling a fight, the former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes there should be a limit to it. He has mostly avoided the use of trash talk before his fights.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)

Therefore, even though Masvidal attacked Covington, ‘The Eagle’ slammed the latter for his comments. However, Nurmagomedov received mixed reactions from the UFC community for his stand.

The surging heavyweight star Tai Tuivasa reposted Nurmagomedov’s message on his Instagram story and wrote, “Once a rat, always a rat.” Meanwhile, the interim bantamweight champion Petr Yan also posted ‘The Eagle’s message on his story and tagged Masvidal. Former UFC fighter Anthony Pettis posted Nurmagomedov’s words on his official Instagram page.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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