Daniel Cormier, former coach and close friend of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov shared his thoughts on Conor McGregor’s now-deleted tweet, “COVID is good, father is evil.”
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McGregor’s alleged jibe on Khabib’s father in response to the Dagestani fighter’s comments on the Notorious after he broke his leg in the closing moments of the first round in the trilogy fight back at UFC 264 has taken the internet by storm.
Needless to say, the distasteful comment from McGregor has not gone well with anybody on social media. Daniel Cormier shared his thoughts on McGregor’s recent comments and had this to say about the entire situation.
“Absolutely crossed the line. I think when stuff like that is being said, it’s a cry for help. Conor has all the money in the world, he has all the fame, but now when you start to dig at that level, it’s like somebody needs to get to McGregor and help him to start to kind of re-shift his mind and his focus and get him back to a better place. It’s unfortunate.”
Calling it “unfortunate,” Cormier revealed that he reached out to Khabib Nurmagomedov to check on the former champion after disappointing behavior from Conor McGregor. The tweet, “COVID is good, father is evil.” was in light of Nurmagomedov who said, “good defeats evil” in a reply to McGregor’s antics in the lead-up to UFC 264, and the disappointing aftermath to the trilogy bout.
“I get shock value and I get trying to get people to talk but way too far,” Cormier said on his ESPN show with co-host Ryan Clark. “To the point that I immediately called Khabib last night and said, ‘Are you OK?’ Asking him if he’s OK after having to see that, especially with no ability to do anything about it again. He spoke to my kids at my wrestling program the other day and said he was never happier than when he got to fight McGregor on the day. Because for so long, he wanted to get his hands on Conor and beat Conor up.
“Well, he can’t do that no more cause he’s not a prizefighter anymore. So now he just has to kind of swallow that. Way too far. Honestly, when Conor does stuff like that, it’s hard to understand how there’s still this mass amount of people that support that type of behavior.”
“After the fight with Dustin Poirier, a lot of people questioned whether or not Conor McGregor was reaching to try and get in the head of Dustin Poirier,” Cormier said. “Reach back to a time where he had trash talk that could affect people. It didn’t seem to work against Poirier. I feel like from him talking about Dustin’s wife to now Khabib’s father, he is just taking it way too far.
“When you’re dealing with death and COVID and all these other things that we’ve dealt with over the last year and a half, that’s all off-limits. We talked about wives and families being off-limits, but when you’re talking about a man’s everything — Khabib’s dad was his everything — and you’re talking about him being gone today due to something that has been so terrible for our entire world, you use that in a sense to get back?”
While a lot of fans criticized Khabib Nurmagomedov for the same, he didn’t receive much uproar considering it was in response to McGregor’s comments on Dustin Poirier and his wife Jolie Poirier in the lead-up to UFC 264.
Daniel Cormier slams Conor McGregor after tweet targeted to Khabib Nurmagomedov
Conor McGregor’s fans have always defended the former two-weight champion’s trash talk in light of his ability to promote a fight. It’s not the first time that McGregor has gone out and publicly insulted someone. However, recently, McGregor has been dragging his opponent’s families into the picture. Earlier, even UFC president Dana White had said that dragging families to the trash-talk is not justified, in light of McGregor’s comment on Jolie Poirier inside the UFC Octagon in the aftermath of UFC 264.
What do you make of McGregor’s comments?