28m Followers, 436 Following, 4,129 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabibnurmagomedov). Taking to Twitter, Ferguson shared a clip of his staredown with Khabib from UFC 209 back in 2017 –ahead of the pair's interim lightweight title fight which would later fall through when the Dagestani was hospitalized due to weight-cut problems.© File photo ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 25: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia punches Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legendary run of success continued – and seemingly came to an end – on Saturday when he registered his third title defense against Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 main event.
Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) proved once again that he’s the top lightweight in the sport when he unified his belt with interim champion Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) courtesy of a second-round submission victory in the pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Afterward, “The Eagle” announced his retirement from MMA.
Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Nurmagomedov’s title defense against Gaethje at UFC 254.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov did not stay quiet about Conor McGregor’s latest social media rant.
The undefeated UFC lightweight champion took to Twitter to fire back at his rival for the recent comments the Irish superstar made about multiple UFC lightweights, including Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC).
Among McGregor’s many catty comments, it seemed Nurmagomedov honed in on one – McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) calling him “a man that hugs legs.”
It’s well-documented that McGregor lacks respect for Nurmagomedov’s fighting style. When the two met back in October 2018 at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov primarily outgrappled and landed ground-and-pound on McGregor until getting the rear-naked choke submission in round four. It’s worth noting Nurmagomedov also dropped McGregor on the feet with a well-placed right hook.
Seconds after Nurmagomedov’s, win, a wild brawl erupted between the two teams, which lives in MMA infamy. Since that moment, Nurmagomedov and McGregor have remained bitter rivals and have attacked each other in interviews and social media.
Below is Nurmagomedov’s response to McGregor:
Yes, we remember you, you was so nice that night, be same, don’t be fake. pic.twitter.com/SOcLb5jjKX— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 11, 2020https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Hug legs? Have you forgot how I knock you down, or you typing tweets drunk? Beat you in striking, parts you up in wrestling, absolutely destroy you in grappling, Made you grab air with your hands, and at the end you gave up. last one, don’t forget your words ‘it’s only business’— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 12, 2020https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
You don’t like legs? pic.twitter.com/zt6C9hT8o6— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) May 12, 2020https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js