Conor McGregor’s rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov has had its fair share of ups and downs. There continues to be a photo of Khabib and Conor in their younger days posing for each other you might often come across from time to time. However, the bitterness they share against each other at least on social media In a sharp reminder of how often things can often go out of control.
The Notorious mocked Khabib Nurmagomedov in a sharp reminder to the bus incident where McGregor threw a chair at the Dagestani fighter’s bus. In a post shared by ESPN journalist Brett Okamoto, McGregor chimed in, “my pleasure thank the bus driver.”
It won’t be wrong to say that Khabib’s last statement in this particular interview has made a huge difference in how fighters approach Conor McGregor right now. “I told you I was gonna make him humble. Now, I am gonna change his game.” Taking on a great wrestler in the form of Chad Mendes, McGregor was able to change the game with his striking. However, the loss to Nate Diaz made more people question McGregor about his ground game.
Be that as it may, McGregor backed it up with two back-to-back incredible performances against Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez to seize all the attention towards his striking.
Conor McGregor before Khabib Nurmagomedov
The Notorious went on to fight Floyd Mayweather inside the boxing ring in his professional boxing debut. However, the fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov showcased a helpless McGregor who was suddenly not following his words. While the return against Donald Cerrone was stunning, the return to lightweight against Dustin Poirier was equally embarrassing.
Needless to say, the recent criticism on his “obsession” with boxing finds a sound resemblance with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s statement on changing Conor’s game plan. However, one cannot deny that those changes were necessary and part of a fighter’s journey as a mixed martial artist.
It will be interesting to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov will ever make his UFC return, if so, will it be against Conor McGregor is the other exciting question to ponder upon.