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Conor McGregor Rips Khabib, Calls Him an 'Absolute Embarrassment' on Twitter

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2020

Khabib Nurmagomedov, top, applies a rear naked choke hold to Conor McGregor during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Conor McGregor has chimed in after Justin Gaethje claimed the interim lightweight belt with a fifth-round TKO of Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on Saturday night.

McGregor's target? Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is believed to be the next likely opponent for Gaethje and who tweeted "no comment" after the result:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

Khabib you absolute embarrassment. Scurrying, hiding rat as usual. As I have said many times. As has been seen many times. Through the pane of glass it was confirmed what was always known. “No comment” lol. An embarrassment to real fighting.

McGregor believes he should get next dibs at Gaethje, tweeting: "It's me and Justin next as Khabib is the biggest bottle fighter in the game. Guarantee it."

He continued by taking a jab at Nurmagomedov's wrestling and ground-and-pound style, writing: "Justin, there is no danger in a man that hugs legs, we all know. Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want."

He also said he would "f--king butcher" Gaethje and put his teeth "on a f--king necklace."

McGregor also had something to say about Ferguson and Dustin Poirier in his Twitter rant:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

I love Tony. We represented him amazingly at Paradigm sports and were betrayed for a promise of a baseball contract. But frame and preparation here was just embarrassing. His methods and conversation are humorous/enjoyable but he was never the level perceived. Although tough.

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

It is Dustin/Tony next when Tony heals. If he does. Dustin will beat him also if changes are not made. Which they won’t. Dustin, although game, and in the mix, will be fed to the floor again. Couple wins here/there then folded in half. Rinse and repeat - Dustin career.

Finally, McGregor said he would return to welterweight at some point in the future:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

After this division demolition job. It is 170lbs.

McGregor's trash talk regarding Nurmagomedov loses some of its potency considering that The Eagle beat him by submission (fourth-round neck crank) at UFC 229 in Oct. 2018. McGregor may not respect Nurmagomedov's style, but he also wasn't good enough to overcome it the first time they met.

A matchup between Gaethje and Nurmagomedov would feature a similar clash of styles, with Gaethje showcasing his rugged and powerful standing attack against Ferguson. Nobody has been able to stop Nurmagomedov's ground game in his perfect (28-0) MMA career, however. 

That may be true, but McGregor is hoping his similar style to Gaethje will be considered the more appealing matchup and give him a chance to reclaim the lightweight belt. 

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