Conor McGregor Starts the New Year with Response to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 219 Win

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Conor McGregor in Toronto, Budweiser Stage. Credit: Mike McClory/

Conor McGregor wasn’t among the pros immediately reacting to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s domination of Edson Barboza at UFC 219 on Saturday. That said, the UFC lightweight champion clearly took notice of the performance — and was apparently not impressed. This despite ‘The Eagle’ smashing yet another top UFC lightweight.

After welcoming in the New Year, McGregor took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Nurmagomedov’s performance. In colorful McGregor fashion.

McGregor was last in action in ‘The Money Fight’ against Floyd Mayweather in August. The boxing spectacle saw McGregor finished in round ten against the man many consider the best boxer of all time. In the MMA world, meanwhile, McGregor (21–3), the biggest name in the history of the sport, has not fought since winning the lightweight championship at UFC 205 in November 2016.

Over a year later, and there’s still no date set for his return. Nor is it likely to come soon. McGregor made it clear it’s going to take a hefty sum to make that return happen.

Of course, before Khabib Nurmagomedov even enters the title picture, there’s interim champion Tony Ferguson to contend with. Ferguson won the interim belt against Kevin Lee at UFC 216. In theory, he could face ‘The Eagle’ prior to a showdown with McGregor, but that would make a laughing stock of the UFC’s already ridiculously devalued belt system.

UFC President Dana White recently stated he was hoping for Conor McGregor return in Summer 2018.


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