After receiving a nine-month suspension and $500,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his involvement in UFC 229’s post-fight brawl, it’s safe to say UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t having a good start to 2019.
Making matters worse is that Khabib’s arch rival and UFC 229 counterpart, Conor McGregor, has been taking shots on social media at every possible turn. McGregor, who only received a six-month suspension and a $50,000 fine for his part in UFC 229’s melee, recently posted the following message on Twitter in effort to troll “Eagle.”
Straight left hand inside the attackers jab.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2019
He attempted to use the big security guard that’s in all the movies as cover, but I could smell him a mile away and landed flush down the pipe.
The final blow of the night UFC 229 in association with McGregor Sports and Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/h4GO46oX3a
Now that Khabib has had some time to sleep off NSAC’s punishment he has decided to jump back on social media and give “Notorious” a taste of his own medicine. Not only did Khabib reveal who really landed the final blow at UFC 229, but he took a shot at NSAC’s proposal to have the Russian champion make an ant-bullying public service announcement to lower his current suspension to six months.
Performance of the night #ufc229@danawhite where his bonus ?— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) February 1, 2019
The final blow of the night. #mcTapperTeam #bullythebully #PSA #bullshitVegas pic.twitter.com/jtmeb3SKD4
“Performance of the night #ufc229 @danawhite where his bonus?” wrote Khabib. “The final blow of the night. #mcTapperTeam #bullythebully #PSA #bullshitVegas“
Considering the fact that Khabib vs. McGregor pulled in 2.4 million pay-per-views (PPV) buys, UFC 229 likely isn’t the last time punches will be thrown between the two lightweights. Still, it’s entertaining to see the two superstars go back-and-forth about a brawl that took place after their actual main event fight, which culminated with a fourth-round submission by “Eagle.”
While Khabib is eligible to return this summer he has already stated that he’ll bypass future fights in Las Vegas and target a comeback fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City this November. That gives McGregor enough time to throw down with a “Cowboy,” regain divisional momentum, and inject some validity into the biggest rematch in UFC history.