Conor McGregor doesn’t let an old rival speak his name.
Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gave a public speech. appearance in Toronto last weekend, and he fired a thinly veiled shot at McGregor while bragging about his team’s success. Nurmagomedov’s teammates Islam Makhachev and Usman Nurmagomedov recently won UFC and Bellator gold respectively at 155 pounds.
“Now we have the reigning UFC and Bellator lightweight champions,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is amazing.
“I heard a guy say a long time ago, ‘We’re here to take over,’ but were here to take over.”
Nurmagomedov’s comment is a reference to McGregor’s famous statement: “We’re not here to take part. We’re here to take over!” at a UFC event in his native Ireland after a dramatic first-round knockout of Diego Brandão. The phrase has become a battle cry for McGregor and his fans during his meteoric rise through the ranks.
Shortly after Nurmagomedov’s comments began to circulate on social media, McGregor posted a response urging Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement and fight him again.
“I keep fighting,” McGregor tweeted, which has since been deleted. “Your father’s plan will never be completed because you gave up and fled, brother. God bless. I’m still here if you want to go again. But your fear of failure means you have already lost. Run away from this as much as you want. We all lose in the end. Death takes us all. I fear nothing but God.”
Nurmagomedov and McGregor previously fought at UFC 229 in October 2018, where Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor via fourth round submission in a lightweight championship bout before stepping out of the cage to provoke a brawl between his team and McGregor’s team.
The Eagle successfully defended their UFC title twice more before retiring in October 2020 with a professional record of 29-0. He has repeatedly stated that his success and career path were part of a plan devised by his father, Abdulmanap, who died in July 2020.
McGregor has fought just three times since losing to Nurmagomedov, with one win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. He lost two fights in a row to Dustin Poirier, and in their last fight, he suffered a broken leg that forced him out of action. over the past 16 months while he recovers from injury and prepares for important matches.