Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken aim at Conor McGregor after the Irishman labelled him a ‘b****’ in a post on Instagram.
McGregor shared an old video of himself having a confrontation with former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi, writing a lengthy caption about his frustration with fighters ‘b*******’ nowadays.
In it he criticised Nurmagomedov for ‘crying to the referee’ multiple times during their lightweight title fight back in October.
You will live with this shame all your life, bi… Ты будешь жить с этим позором всю свою жизнь, с…. #tapmachine #mactaper
Nurmagomdov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of the huge UFC 229 main event and was quick to remind him of this as he responded with a post of his own on Instagram.
‘You will live with this shame all your life’, the Russian wrote alongside a picture of McGregor tapping to his rear-naked choke.
The UFC champion also used the hashtags #tapmachine and #mactaper as he made fun of the Irishman.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s rivalry is one of the most personal in UFC history and a rematch between the pair is looking more and more likely this year.
Dana White had said he wanted Nurmagomedov to defend his title against No 1 contender Tony Ferguson but the latest noise coming from the promotion is that McGregor will get a chance to avenge his defeat.
Let the record show. I like Paulie Malinaggi. Here is a confrontation between us regarding a picture he was upset about. Yes you heard that right. A picture. I told him here to his face. “Don’t be bitching.” Common knowledge I would think for a fighting man. Don’t be a bitch, bitching. The same thing I said to khabib at the end of round 3. My round. Don’t be bitching! Every single round bitching to the referee. He was even bitching in the fourth round from mount position. It baffled me. If anyone should have been saying anything to the referee, it should have been me in that 1st round. That round he held onto my legs for four minutes straight. With zero activity. But a fight is a fight who gives a fuck. Crying to the referee like a proper bitch. I was trying to dig my fingers into his Adams Apple. Many individuals in the fight business, I have learned lately, are absolute bitches. I know you’s are broke boys. But don’t be broke bitches.