Conor McGregor claims Khabib Nurmagomedov proved he’s “not a true fighter” by retiring following win over Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor says Khabib Nurmagomedov “showed his hand” by retiring at UFC 254, claiming ‘The Eagle’ is “not a true fighter”.

McGregor, who is set to return to the Octagon against Dustin Poirier at next weekend’s UFC 257 event, went off on his bitter rival during a recent interview with ESPN.

“I think he’s afraid to fight me, that’s for damn sure,” he said (via MMAMania). “And I don’t blame him. I know exactly what to face. I fought the best of him on that night and he fought the worst of me that night. He knows it, I know it, his team knows it. I have the answer to destroy that man. He can pull the wool over people’s eyes only for so long. You know, it is what it is. I know there’s surrounding things regarding the family. If he’s retired then that’s it I wish him well, and it is what it is. But I am who I am and I’m at the top. Time will show.”

Conor McGregor continued:

“I think his hand is showing he’s not a true fighter, in my opinion. I mean how could you retire? How could you walk away? There’s so many fights to be had. Think of (Nate) Diaz, (Tony) Ferguson, there’s (Charles) Oliveira, the rematch with me. I think it’s just preposterous to walk away. Not only did he piss on the bus, I think he pissed on the chips, also. I think he showed his hand, but then at the same time, there’s family issues. So it is what it is. All the best.”

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Conor McGregor was last seen in action one year ago at UFC 246, where he needed less than a minute to dismantle perennial contender Donald Cerrone. Prior to that victory, the Irishman had suffered a submission setback to his aforementioned Russian rival in Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor and Poirier originally collided at UFC 178, with ‘Notorious’ emerging victorious by way of first round TKO.

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