Conor McGregor Lists Why Khabib Nurmagomedov Had A ‘Good, Not Great’ MMA Career

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 8, 2021

    Former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has detailed why past-foe and former lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov enjoyed, an admittedly, “good, not great” professional mixed martial arts career.

    McGregor, a former undisputed featherweight and lightweight gold holder, last competed in July at UFC 264 — suffering his second consecutive loss to common-foe, upcoming UFC 269 headliner, Dustin Poirier after fracturing his left tibia in the first round.

    The 33-year-old is still recovering from a surgical procedure to address his leg fracture, and is expected to be sidelined until the second quarter of next year at least. McGregor has recently earmarked an April date to return to mixed martial arts training and sparring.

    A distinct rival of Khabib, McGregor and the undefeated former lightweight champion initially met back in October 2018 at UFC 229, where the returning Dubliner suffered an eventual fourth round neck crank loss in his unsuccessful second pursuit of lightweight gold.

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    Following the pairing, Khabib, McGregor, and the pair’s respective corner teams were involved in an infamous post-fight brawl.

    Ever since the pairing, McGregor has tirelessly campaigned for a rematch with the Dagestan native in a bid to avenge the loss, however, a re-run has never come to fruition, with Khabib retiring from the sport back in October of last year before officially vacating his lightweight title in March.

    Following his victory over McGregor, Khabib would go on to twice unify the lightweight titles against former interim gold holders, Poirier and Justin Gaethje, improving to 29-0 as a professional against the latter.

    Dissecting the career of his arch-rival, McGregor labeled Khabib’s run as “good, not great” — before listing a string of reasons for his description.

    Good, not great,” McGregor posted about Khabib’s career in a now-deleted tweet. “Low KO rate. Can’t kick whatsoever. Never moved up in weight class despite almost dying trying to make weight. Pulled out of fights multiple times. Retired early. All of which lead him to a good fighter, not great. He’d a good few months, that’s it.

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    McGregor also leaped to the defense of former-foe, Jose Aldo off the back of the Brazilian’s third consecutive victory against Rob Font at UFC Vegas 44 — after Khabib had suggested Aldo was well past his prime years and was unable to make a sustainable comeback.

    He was a good fighter for those few weeks alright lol,” McGregor tweeted. “Retiring takes you from all lists though. He retired and at the same time cried to be placed on one. It debunks your few tweets saying he is not about that. He should have kept quiet about (Jose) Aldo. He is a fool now.

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    I never missed weight or pulled out once!‘ McGregor tweeted. “And I ran through the division in the process. Finishing with the fastest KO ever in a UFC world title fight. My weight rise was done flawlessly. We will disagree on legacy yet. As his one is already toast.