Conor McGregor has mocked Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Abubakar, following his unsuccessful UFC debut.
The former PFL standout made his Octagon bow in Moscow in the prelims of UFC Fight Night 163, which took place at the CSKA Arena.
Abubakar’s debut in the promotion saw him lock horns with Poland’s David Zawada, who was in a do-or-die situation following back-to-back losses at the hands of Danny Roberts and Li Jingliang.
The 29-year-old’s dream bout in front of his fellow countryman didn’t go to plan as he suffered a first-round submission loss to the Pole.
Abubakar was forced to tap to triangle choke just before the third minute, which left him crestfallen.
News of Abubakar’s first-round submission loss soon got around to McGregor, who didn’t hold back when giving his thoughts on the Dagestani’s defeat.
The Irishman, who punched Abubakar during the infamous post-fight brawl after his UFC 229 loss to Khabib, tweeted: “Nurmagotaptap.
McGregor, 31, later added: “Hahahah s******s. He tapped his forehead. If you can tap his forehead. You can punch his forehead. He quit. 1 quitter exposed. Abubakar Nurmagotaptap. Forever a failure.”
McGregor’s mocking of Abubakar comes a little over 24 hours after Khabib insisted the Irishman must go on a ten-fight win streak in order to earn a rematch with him.
He said: “As for a rematch, to fight for a belt in the UFC, I remember I had something like nine or 10 fights. If he wins 10 fights in a row, then that’s completely possible.”
McGregor, 21-4, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since losing his grudge match with Nurmagomedov last October, which he lost via fourth-round submission.
The Dubliner is set to return to the cage on January 18 at UFC 246 in Las Vegas, though an opponent for the former two-division champion hasn’t been announced.
But according to his manager Audie Attar, that will soon change.
During an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN, the Paradigm Sports Management chief said: “We had very productive talks this weekend with the UFC.
“I know Conor has announced a date, and in terms of discussions we have agreed on that date and we have agreed on that opponent. We’re not going to reveal anything tonight but a deal is imminent, I don’t see anything getting in the way barring some unforeseen circumstances.
“Both parties want to get it done, it’s in the best interests of everyone involved and more importantly the fans are really excited to see him back.”
Published at Sat, 09 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0000