Conor McGregor has been away from the sport for over a year now. The former two-division UFC champion came back after a long layoff since winning the lightweight and title and fought Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229.
Unbeaten Russian wrecking machine, Khabib Nurmagomedov handed Conor McGregor arguably the biggest loss of his MMA career. Since then although Conor McGregor has called out several fighters for his UFC return, nothing has been made official yet regarding his next fight.
Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title in a monumental event in Abu Dhabi against the former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, adding one more win to his unprecedented resume.
Although Conor McGregor was the biggest attraction in the sports of mixed martial arts, his inactivity in the sports and the recent loss have changed a lot of things. Even UFC president, Dana White said:
“Khabib is the man now. Conor is not the man anymore, so Khabib gets to sit back and call the shots.”
“Ïf you are Khabib, you got the Tony Ferguson fight, George St Pierre wants to fight, and you have got the Conor McGregor fight.”
Well, Conor McGregor did not appreciate the comments made from Dana White as he recently blasts Nurmagomedov on twitter:
“Who is not the man? Your man had that marquee event did he? More like an event in a marquee. A tent in the fucking sand it was. Keep spoofing to your self horse. Jock sniffer championships”
Conor McGregor has made it very clear in the past that he wants nothing more than the rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov is most likely to defend his title against former interim champion, Tony Ferguson next. To get back to the title picture it seems McGregor has to get a win under his belt first. Though he agreed to fight Frankie Edgar for his UFC return, Dana White denied to make that fight.
At the moment, Justin Gaethje is the fight that makes the most sense for McGregor at the lightweight division. Gaethje is a strong contender for the title and if McGregor manages to get a win over him, then that would make a stronger case for the rematch with Nurmagomedov.
However, one thing can be said with absolute certainty that no love is lost between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov as McGregor responded to Dana White’s comments by blasting the lightweight champion.