Conor McGregor has broken his silence following his fierce UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominant victory over Dustin Poirier on Saturday night.
Nurmagomedov retained his lightweight title with a third-round submission of Poirier in the sweltering heat of the Abu Dhabi desert.
The Russian superstar was fighting for the first time since he choked out McGregor almost a year ago.
Having served a nine-month ban and been fined $500,000, Nurmagomedov made his return at UFC 242 and delivered another dominant victory to extend his impeccable record to 28-0.
But McGregor, believed to be watching the fight at home in Ireland, wasn’t so impressed and he sent a short but simple tweet to the Russian: “Book my rematch for Moscow”.
The bitter rivals clashed last October when Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title by fourth-round submission.
They then became embroiled in a post-fight brawl which landed both fighters with fines and suspensions.
McGregor has not fought since, having been caught up in several legal controversies, while Nurmagomedov finally returned to UFC action to successfully defend his crown.
The Dagestan native escaped a guillotine choke to take Poirier’s back before shifting his position and sinking into a rear naked choke.
Poirier quickly tapped, sending the crowd favourite to a career 28-0 at UFC 242.
Nurmagomedov dominated the fight and was rattled just once when Poirier clipped him with a right hand in the second, forcing him to scramble before recovering and soon taking the American back to the mat.
The titles were unified with UFC having two lightweight champions. Poirier became interim champion in April due to holder Nurmagomedov being suspended.
And a matter of minutes after beating Poirier, Khabib could not resist a dig at McGregor.
He said: “We showed what MMA is, number one it is about respect.
“You have to respect your gym, your teammates, cultures, clean you gym, everything is about respect.
“It is not about trash talking.”
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland