It seems that the tensions between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are far from over and there continues to be no love lost between the two fighters. McGregor appears to be the antagonist mind you, and this weekend he goaded his former opponent further in a Twitter rant, that as par for the course, was later deleted as freetips.com reports.
The twitter wars and tensions arose after MMA Team Dagestan tweeted about some upcoming events in Abu Dhabi. The events which will be pay-per-view are taking place in four months and will likely see Nurmagomedov defend his title as the lightweight champion against Dustin Poirier who is the interim champion. The tweet sent in Sunday was also detailing other fighters who would be on the card, such names as Islam Makhachev, Zubaira Tukhugov, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Mairbek Taisumov and Zelim Imadaev, stating that they would all be expected to perform at UFC242.
It seems that this was a red rag to McGregor who replied on Monday with the quoted tweet and some choice comments of his own which unsurprisingly were not complimentary and referred to the fact that three of the group has drug test history. The tweet said ‘Team Meldonium 3 on this list caught on performance enhancers in the past already, Islam, Zubaira and Mairbek. Dirty, smelly rats all of them’ If you blinked you would have missed it as he later deleted the tweet, whether he thought better of it or whether he was told to remove it we do not know.
The facts are perhaps not as damning as he would like us to believe. It is fair to say that all of the fighters named have a history as he put it, but while Makhachev did test positive for meldonuium, it was recorded by the USADA as a no-fault finding, and there was no action taken against him. Tukhugov did receive a two-year sanction from the USADA, and this was in 2016 when he tested positive for ostarine, and finally Taisumov tested positive for stanozolol which was determined to have come from a contaminated supplement and he received the lighter sentence of six months as it was impossible to determine if he had any knowledge of the drug or not in the supplement he took, a suggestion he vehemently denied.
Along with McGregor, Nurmagomedov has never come into trouble with USADA, despite opponents trying to suggest that McGregor has used performance-enhancing drugs. This is also a vehemently denied claim and upheld by the fact he is happy to be tested at any time, and nothing has ever come of it. He received a temporary suspension for fighting Khabib after UFC 229, and it seems that his temper is something he finds harder to keep in check than anything else. He is burning to rematch with Khabib, but as yet there is nothing confirmed on this front. His temper has got him in trouble again as he is currently awaiting trial after an incident involving a phone being smashed.
How long will the Twitter Wars go on?