UFC: Dana White Issues Statement on Escalating Twitter Spat Between McGregor, Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor face off ahead of UFC 229
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Forget about the NSAC censoring trash talk between fighters — it seems the UFC has had enough of Nurmagomedov and McGregor bickering.

The UFC is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s chaos between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Following a number of escalating tweets back and forth between the rivals on social media dumpster fire platform Twitter this week, UFC President Dana White has stepped in, saying the promotion is addressing the situation with both camps.

It began when Nurmagomedov responded to McGregor’s reported retirement by saying the Irish fighter “acts like a jealous wife who says ‘I will leave’ all the time but then comes back.” In turn, McGregor tweeted photos of Nurmagomedov’s wedding, where the bride was cloaked in a white burqa, face fully covered. He accompanied the photos with the caption “your wife is a towel.”

That jab brought calls of religious based discrimination from various parties, as well as references from Khabib’s twitter account (believed to be, at times, operated by his manager) to the reported rape investigation involving McGregor is his native Ireland. Nurmagomedov’s manager also chimed in on his own Twitter account, making similar statements.

All that has led Dana White to issue the following statement to multiple media outlets and on the UFC’s official website.

“I am aware of the recent social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is not acceptable. As such, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to both athlete camps, and this situation is being addressed by all parties internally.”

McGregor, though claiming to have retired, is eligible to return to fighting in just a few days. Khabib Nurmagomedov has several months left on his suspension, after both fighters were sanctioned following their brawl at UFC 229.


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