Conor’s final swipe at ‘officially’ retired Khabib

Conor’s final swipe at ‘officially’ retired Khabib

Conor McGregor couldn’t help but take a final parting shot at bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, following the confirmation of the UFC legend’s retirement.

Khabib called time on his career after beating Justin Gaethje in October to remain unbeaten in his 29 fight MMA career. The Dagestani fighter promised to never fight again without his father in his corner, Abdulmanap, who died of complications related to COVID last year.

On Friday, Dana White revealed the fighter had “officially” retired from the sport and wished him well. McGregor on the other hand, pounced on the opportunity to send his long-time rival one final jab.

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their UFC 229 main event in 2018. (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sharing a picture of the two of them on Instagram, McGregor wrote: “Happy retirement kid, smell ya later.

“Never forget who came in the game and made ye. Straight from my big Irish balls.

“Remember folks, if you hate cutting weight so much, all you have to do is move up a division. God bless.”

McGregor lost to Khabib via submission at UFC 229 in Las Vegas in October 2018 with the fight spilling into the crowd when Nurmagomedov charged towards McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis.

Both men were engaged in a long-running feud in the lead up to the fight when McGregor shattered the window of Khabib’s team bus with a trolley. UFC boss White was hoping the feud could lead to a second fight but that dream is now over.

White confirmed Khabib’s retirement on Friday via Twitter.

White tweeted: “29-0 it is. He is officially retired.

“It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend.”

Khabib later responded with a tweet himself: “It was a good dinner with some great people.

“Dana White, thank you so much brother and the entire UFC team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many lives forever because of this sport.

“Dana – I’ll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you.

“Today there was a real conversation between real men. Also thank you to all my team, sparring partners and all fans.

“I hope you will accept my decision and understand me.”

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