It’s Fight Week, ladies and gentlemen. Lightweight Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje seeks to wrest Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov’s title away in what is shaping up to be a barn-burner of a fight. All attention is on them leading up to their main event slot. Or is it?
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor again garnered attention for a series of tweets he made regarding his and Nurmagomedov’s fight a little over two years ago, today.
The Tweets in Question
It started with McGregor replying to this tweet that praised his clinch work against the grappling superstar that is Khabib.
Of course, there were some that disagreed with this sentiment. A fan, of sorts, attempted to sway The Notorious’s perspective on said clinch work by citing Nurmagomedov’s ground-and-pound and a kimura attempt that looked to threaten the end of the fight. McGregor then went on to break down the fight from his perspective.
Conor cites his strikes against Khabib as the determining factor of winning the first round. Seemingly disregarding the ground control that his opponent maintained for the majority of the round. He did concede that the second round went to the Dagestani. He claimed the third. Attributing it to knees and elbows he fired during the exchanges and breaking the grip Nurmagomedov had on him. He also claimed the fourth round up until before a trip by “The Eagle” which set-off the finishing sequence.
Not satisfied, The Notorious One continued to reply to more tweets. Repeating his break down of the fight, citing his significant strikes, claiming that he did not take damage, boasting about his shots on his opponent’s team members. Even mocking the “mermaid leg wrap” that the Dagestani uses to control his opponents.
This is not the first but only the latest public outing of Conor regarding his past opponent.
In the days after the fight, McGregor made a point in his interview with Ariel Helwani on SportsCenter. He told the public about a foot injury he suffered prior to the bout. Giving us the infamous “my foot was a balloon!” quote.
He also seemed to backtrack on his pre-fight statements. Previously, he claimed that he and his team were “preparing for war”. Later on, post-fight, he’d claim that he wasn’t focused and that he didn’t take his training seriously.
Conor McGregor stepped back into the sport after a two-year hiatus. On the biggest stage of his career, he lost. As of today, he has only fought once, a winning effort against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, in the past two years since. Claiming retirement but constantly teasing comebacks.
It begs the question: “Is this just another genius marketing play by the Notorious One? Or is he still dwelling on the events of two years ago? Unable to let go.”