Khabib Nurmagomedov suggested that former opponent Conor McGregor had been given a reality check after the Irishman was brutally knocked out by Dustin Poirier in his main light event at UFC 257.
Former two-weight champion McGregor returned to the UFC Octagon for the first time in a year and wanted to lead him into the title fight again weighing 155 pounds against Poirier – a man he defeated in the first round, when the couple met in 2014.
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in the second round on Fight Island
It was an amazing reversal this time around, however, as Poirier ended the Irish with a blinding second round attack, rocking him with his left hand before following with a barrage of punches as McGregor fell onto the canvas and rolled against the cage .
It was the first loss in McGregor’s career in which the Dubliner lost two of his last three games in the UFC octagon.
It also means McGregor can probably say goodbye to hopes of running back on Russian archenemy Khabib, who made the Irish famous in his bitter resentment game in 2018.
In the run-up to UFC 257, UFC boss Dana White had suggested that reigning lightweight champion Khabib could retire one last time should he see anything of the competition on Fight Island – although that was certainly not from McGregor.
On social media, Khabib suggested that McGregor was “far from reality” in a tweet that didn’t mention his rival by name.
“This has happened when you switch your team, the sparring partners who made you champion, and leave sparring with young children far from reality,” wrote Khabib.
This is what happens when you switch your team, the sparring partners who made you a champion, and leave sparring with young children far from reality.
– khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 24, 2021
‘The Eagle’ wasn’t the only one who pounced on McGregor after his defeat. Up-and-coming UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev shared an on-screen image of the tarnished star with a series of laughing emojis that also tagged McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis.
Boxer Paul Malignaggi – a former frugal partner who grappled with McGregor prior to the Irishman’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather – also put the shoe in.
In keeping with the respectful build-up of the fight, McGregor himself accepted his defeat for the most part with good grace, praising Poirier, but also suggesting that inactivity had been a factor in his death.
McGregor also suggested wiping himself off and fighting again in 2021, but whatever comes next for the 32-year-old Irishman, there certainly won’t be a repeat with Khabib.