With anticipation of UFC 229 growing, both Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are licking their chops to get at one another.
And as a result of the personal animosity between these two, the verbal fireworks have begun to go off.
It all started when Conor McGregor took aim at Nurmagomedov’s father, calling him a “quivering coward” in one of his posts on social media.
Of course with this being the UFC lightweight champion’s father, you knew a heated response to McGregor’s comments was bound to happen.
Only is was not from whom we expected in Khabib, but it was actually Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov himself.
Khabib’s father spoke with Azamat Bostanov, in which he said that Conor would be unforgiven for his remarks towards him.
“Mentally they can’t get (under our skin). In that aspect we are standing firm,” said Nurmagomedov, as translated by RT.com. “We are even letting certain things pass. But we are not forgiving anything. The cage and the fight are still ahead (for Khabib and Conor).”
He followed up by saying though McGregor is the primary focus for his son at the moment, he does feel Georges St-Pierre and Tony Ferguson are good fights for him in the future.
“For the hype, for the money, to bury Conor’s era it [the situation] is even better for us. But if we talk purely sports-wise – we still want the Ferguson fight. I really want him to come back and defeat [Anthony] Pettis.
“The intrigue is still there, and the whole world is interested (in the Ferguson fight). It would be 11 and 0 Khabib [in the UFC], 11 and 0 for him. And the fight that hasn’t happened yet,” Nurmagomedov said.
“Georges St-Pierre, who has never been defeated as a champion at 170. (Editor’s note: GSP had been defeated in a 170-pound title bout by Matt Serra). He came back and took the belt from [Michael] Bisping at 185. It’s always been a dream fight for me. I’ve been following him for a long time. He is a Hall of Famer. He showcased so much in this sport.”