UFC Lightweights Anthony Pettis and Khabib Nurmagomedov Trade Twitter Barbs

Kyle Symes@ksymes88Correspondent IIIJune 9, 2014

Khabib Nurmagomedov, from Russia, celebrates after Thiago Tavares, from Brazil,  during their lightweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Twitter has become a powerful marketing tool for fighters to improve their standing in the UFC's ranks.

Surging lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov took full advantage of the social media platform by calling out UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.

Things got started when Benson Henderson took a slight jab at Pettis in the post-fight press conference for being injured and not defending the lightweight title since winning it back in August.

While Pettis was focusing on his biggest rival in the lightweight division, Nurmagomedov let Pettis know there's another man he should be concerned with.

Pettis responded by questioning the strength of Nurmagomedov's resume.

The exciting lightweight contender would then echo what Henderson mentioned by pointing out how injury prone Pettis has been thus far in his MMA career.

Although Pettis would remove the tweet, Bloody Elbow was able to capture Pettis saying that he's not worried about Nurmagomedov because his car costs more than Nurmagomedov's house.

Nurmagomedov would then send a final two tweets toward Pettis in regard to his financial situation.

Although Pettis has become one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster, he has had a number of injury issues. Those injuries have caused Pettis to compete only five times since coming over from the WEC back in 2011.

Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, has yet to taste defeat in his MMA career with a record of 22-0. His latest win came over top-five-ranked Rafael dos Anjos, and the Dagestan native has been nothing short of must-see TV in the Octagon.

He's also apparently a guy nobody wants to fight.

Pettis will be on the sidelines until later this year as he will be coaching opposite Gilbert Melendez on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Nurmagomedov will likely take another high-profile fight to cement his status as a top contender, which likely means we haven't seen the end of these two exchanging words.