CONOR MCGREGOR has launched a blistering attack on Khabib Nurmagomedov, accusing the UFC lightweight champion of not making weight for his retirement fight with Justin Gaethje.
In the aftermath of Nurmagomedov hitting the scales for his UFC 254 showdown with Gaethje last October, Twitter was abuzz with claims the Russian missed the 155lb limit.
And McGregor – the Dagestani destroyer’s arch-nemesis – agrees with the conspiracy theory.
He told The MacLife: “He’s looking like an elephant, he’s looking like a little fat elephant.
“He’s enjoying himself, I don’t think he made weight the last time either, I was very sceptical, it was very unusual behaviour.”
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The fan favourite called time on his unblemished career as he promised his mother he would no longer compete without his late father by his side.
Nurmagomedov’s retirement has seemingly ended the hopes of those eager for him to rematch McGregor, who he defeated at UFC 229 in October 2018.
McGregor has been hellbent on securing a rematch with his bitter rival, who he believes is scared to share the cage with him again.
He said: “How he can walk away at this stage is baffling to me but each to their own, there are so many amazing fights out there.
“Even the Tony [Ferguson] fight… I don’t care about nothing, you’re scheduled to fight a man and no matter what the fight must take place.
“You don’t scurry away from fights but it’s been a hallmark of his career; I was not surprised to see him scurry away.”
McGregor is currently putting the finishing touches on his training camp for his return at UFC 257, which will take place a week on Saturday on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The Irishman will be welcomed back to the cage by his former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier, who he knocked out nearly seven years ago at UFC 178.
The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion is expecting a short night at the office, saying: “I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.”
McGregor has seen improvements in Poirier since their first meeting but insists the former interim lightweight champion is not on his level.
He added: “I love Dustin, I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me.”