Conor McGregor’s recent Twitter assault on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s late father did not sit nicely with previous UFC champ-champ Daniel Cormier.
On Monday, McGregor posted a message on Twitter that appeared to be directed towards Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed absent this past July after screening optimistic for COVID-19. The now-deleted Tweet read through, “Covid is great and father is evil?”
Cormier, a extremely near close friend of Nurmagomedov, took exception with the attack, expressing that McGregor has absent too significantly with his trash discuss.
“After the battle with Dustin Poirier, a whole lot of people questioned whether or not or not Conor McGregor was achieving to attempt to get in the head of Dustin Poirier,” Cormier explained on his ESPN show “DC & RC.” “(To) Access back to a time wherever he had a trash discuss that could have an affect on men and women. It did not feel to do the job versus Poirier and I come to feel like from him speaking about Dustin’s wife, to now Khabib’s father, he is just taking it way way too significantly.
“When you’re dealing with death and covid and all these other things that we have dealt with in excess of the final yr and a fifty percent, that is all off-boundaries.”
There was a sharp distinction in McGregor’s tactic to pre-combat antics in his rematch with Poirier at UFC 257 exactly where he was cordial and friendly, vs . the brash, foul-mouthed fighter who confirmed up for the trilogy bout at UFC 264. Right after getting rid of to Poirier the next straight time, the low-brow assaults ongoing, even while he sat inside of the cage with a broken leg.
It was a equivalent strategy we observed McGregor choose in the direct up to his title-challenging bout versus Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The Irishman verbally attacked Nurmagomedov’s spouse and his faith, between other matters prior to the two satisfied within the cage, where McGregor missing by fourth-spherical submission.
“We talked about wives and people getting off-restrictions, but you are talking about a man’s ‘everything’,” Cormier explained. “Khabib’s dad was his ‘everything’ and you are speaking about him staying absent nowadays because of to some thing that has been so awful for our entire entire world, and you use that in a sense to get again?”
Because UFC 264, McGregor has been on far more than a single Tweet-and-delete spree. The 1st sequence of assaults were directed at Poirier’s family in a sequence of messages that integrated a picture of Poirier’s youthful daughter. Cormier believes McGregor may perhaps have been plotting his messages, looking at the timing.
Most importantly, Cormier was fearful about the effect that the messages may have had on his friend Nurmagomedov, who is fortunately retired from level of competition and understands he would only try out to do a thing about it inside the realm of a sanctioned bout.
“This wasn’t done the day immediately after the combat or the exact same night time of the struggle,” Cormier said. “This was finished weeks immediately after the fight, so it feels like it was considered of and it was thought as a result of for Conor to tweet one thing like that. Now, I get shock price and I get seeking to get persons to converse, but (this was) way far too far, to the point I immediately termed Khabib final evening and stated, ‘Hey, are you okay?’”
When Nurmagomedov may well be capable to dismiss the messages from McGregor himself, at times his supporters can pile on in guidance no make a difference the message, which baffles Cormier.
“Honestly, when Conor does stuff like that, it is challenging to understand how there’s this mass amount of money of men and women that support that form of habits,” Cormier reported.
“I think when things like that is staying said, I think it’s a cry for enable.”