Conor McGregor blew chances of Khabib rematch by leaking Dana White messages, claims angry UFC chief
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s rivalry is one of the most intense in MMA history. Their fight in 2018 ended in a brawl, with both fighters getting suspended and fined. Since then, the UFC has been trying to set up a rematch between the two fighters, but things have not gone as planned.
So Dana White is accusing Conor McGregor for derailing the planned Ultimate Fighter season with Khabib. pic.twitter.com/5bDvSlBHQr
— The Sage Antagonist (@SageAntagonist) October 13, 2020
UFC president Dana White was looking to relaunch the reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter with both McGregor and Nurmagomedov as opposing coaches. He hoped that this would lead to another clash between the two fighters in the Octagon next year.
However, McGregor’s decision to leak his private messages with White on social media in September led to Nurmagomedov having a change of heart. White claims that Nurmagomedov was on board with the idea of coaching on The Ultimate Fighter until McGregor’s actions.
White told Barstool Sports: “[Khabib] Was gonna do it until Conor did all this s***. That’s what I was saying. I felt like I was in a good place and we were going to get that done. We were going to do The Ultimate Fighter on ESPN and fing do the rematch, but Conor blew that. Yeah, Khabib said f him; that was it.”
McGregor’s behavior has caused a rift in the MMA community, with many fans and fighters expressing their disappointment. McGregor was choked out by Nurmagomedov in their first fight, and since then, he has only fought another three times. He also had a boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost.
However, McGregor’s comeback fight against Donald Cerrone inside the Octagon was a resounding success, and that win would have led him to a shot at Nurmagomedov.
The two fighters have been involved in a war of words, with McGregor insulting Nurmagomedov’s family, religion, and country. Nurmagomedov, for his part, has remained calm and collected, choosing to let his actions speak for themselves in the Octagon.
Despite McGregor’s behavior, Nurmagomedov remains one of the most respected fighters in the UFC. He is undefeated, having won all 29 of his fights, and is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
McGregor, on the other hand, has had a checkered past, with several incidents outside of the Octagon tarnishing his reputation. He has been involved in multiple altercations with other fighters, as well as legal troubles.
In 2020, McGregor challenged Dustin Poirier to a rematch in a charity sparring match in Ireland, which was quickly accepted. However, UFC president Dana White then stepped in to offer the pair a fight in the UFC six years after McGregor stopped Poirier in the first round.
The two rivals fought twice, with Poirier winning both fights, while McGregor suffered a horror leg break in the second bout. McGregor’s future in the UFC is now in doubt, with many fans and experts wondering if he will ever be able to compete at the highest level again.
In conclusion, McGregor’s behavior has cost him the chance to compete against Nurmagomedov once again. His actions have also tarnished his reputation in the MMA community, with many fans and fighters expressing their disappointment. While McGregor is still one of the most popular fighters in the UFC, his future remains uncertain. Only time will tell if he will be able to redeem himself and return to the top of the sport.