Who knew when we were tuning into the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov press conference (watch it here) that we were going to get a dose of Caucasus politics? But, that’s exactly what we got when, once again, Conor McGregor crossed family lines and got into Dagestani native Khabib’s face about his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
You may remember Abdulmanap coming up weeks ago when McGregor called him a ‘quivering coward’ over Instagram. The elder Nurmagomedov came up again during the presser when a media member asked if he was able to get a visa to attend UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
”I don’t know,” Khabib said. “Still working, but I think maybe no.”
UFC has had several issues in the past securing visas for its Russian fighters, and even with Dana White’s tight relations with American president Donald Trump, it sounds like Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov still cannot get into the United States.
”Smell of shite off yer pa,” McGregor declared before going off on a rant that somewhat explains his earlier Instagram post.
The whole thing apparently boils down to a photo of Abdulmanap with head of the Chechen republic Ramzan Kadyrov, a controversial figure often referred to as a dictator and warlord. Kadyrov and his lieutenants have been accused of war crimes, including most recently the rounding up and execution of gay men. As far as Chechnya-Dagestan relations go, skirmishes along the border have been common with Kadyrov regularly sending Chechen soldiers into Dagestan on supposed anti-terror operations.
”The Chechen people know what I’m talking about when I called this man a coward,” McGregor said. “When I called his father a quivering coward. Him and Kadyrov were at a mosque together, and he posts a picture of Kadirov on his Instagram. Kadirov’s the Chechen dictator, a crazy man, don’t get me wrong. But, Khabib’s father, lick-ass O’Hoolihan, posts a picture of Kadirov at his mosque and the caption is, ‘Together we are stronger.’”
”It’s such fake respect and fear. The Chechen people know that if the tables were turned and there was an opportunity for his father to stab that man in the back, he would do it in a heartbeat to take over. And he did not do nothing. And that’s why he’s a quivering coward, because he showed fake respect out of fear. And that’s where ‘quivering coward’ came from.”
The comments didn’t seem to phase Khabib, who reacted in the same stone-faced fashion as he did to the rest of McGregor’s taunts.
”I don’t know what his father teach him, by my father teach me: you cannot never give up, and be respect always,” Nurmagomedov said. “This is what my father teach me. And I never give up, and I always show respect. I don’t know about his father. I don’t want to talk shit about his father ... I am gonna teach him inside the cage.”