The unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov has mocked Conor McGregor after his defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
Khabib , who has beaten both McGregor and Poirier in the last three years, was highly-critical of The Notorious’ preparation ahead of his first fight in a year.
He took to his Twitter handle and wrote:
This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.
In his another tweet, Khabib said:
“You can like him or hate, but you have to respect him,” he wrote in a post on Instagram, alongside a picture of himself and White.
“This guy build this sport @ufc. Thank you for everything @danawhite I have so much respect for you.”
UFC boss Dana White revealed after McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier that Khabib had told him: ‘Be honest with yourself, I’m so many levels above these guys.’
White said, ‘Khabib said to me, Dana be honest with yourself, I’m so many levels above these guys, I’d beat these guys.”
‘It doesn’t sound very positive so we’ll see. I’ve told you guys before he won’t hold the division up. He’s basically retired.’