On December 30, 2017, Khabib Nurmagomedov, 29, won his 25th professional MMA fight at “UFC 219” keeping his undefeated record untainted. Among those who were not impressed by this feat is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, 29.
On January 1, 2018, McGregor took to Twitter to let the world know that how he felt about Nurmagomedov’s recent win. The Irish fighter wrote, “That Dagestani was dog s**t the other night you’s are all nuts. Game full of sloppy bums asking to be slept. Pay me my worth and Kings back.”
The undefeated Dagestani fighter immediately replied to the tweet by simply saying, “Shut up.” He also added an emoji of a chicken.
Hailing from Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia, Nurmagomedov is of Avar ethnicity. He is a Judo black belt, a freestyle wrestler and a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion.
In the co-main event at “UFC 219,” Nurmagomedov defeated Edson Barboza Jr. via unanimous decision. In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the Dagestani fighter mentioned McGregor and interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson, 33.
“Maybe, if UFC approve, I can fight with these guys same night,” Nurmagomedov said referring to McGregor and Ferguson. “I swear, I don’t joke. If UFC makes this, I can fight same night. I can fight with this guy same fight. Why not? Right now, I’m fresh. I fight with Edson Barboza 15 minutes. You know?”
But Nurmagomedov doubts that McGregor will make his return into the UFC cage soon. The former said the latter would only return if the money he earned from losing to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. ran dry.
McGregor has yet to defend his title since defeating Eddie Alvarez at “UFC 205” on November 12, 2016. After defeating Kevin Lee at “UFC 216” on October 7, 2017, Ferguson called out McGregor in hopes of a title unification bout.
Ferguson is currently the UFC lightweight contender with the most consecutive wins with 10. On the other hand, with 25 wins and 0 loss, Nurmagomedov is the active MMA fighter with the longest winning streak followed by his fellow Russian fighters Vitaly Minakov and Aziz Pahrudinov with 25 and 21, respectively.