CONOR MCGREGOR let his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov get “too personal”, according to UFC fighter Sean O’Malley.
The Notorious suffered a fourth-round defeat to the lightweight champion in October 2018 before a huge brawl broke out in Las Vegas.
In the build-up to the fight, the Irish superstar attacked a bus carrying the 31-year-old and a number of other fighters.
He even blasted Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz as a “f***ing snitch” in an explosive rant.
The former two-division king also threatened to turn his rival into a “bobblehead”.
McGregor has since admitted that the war of words with Khabib went too far.
And UFC prospect O’Malley, who is just a few wins away from a bantamweight title fight, is keen to avoid making the same mistakes.
I think Conor [McGregor] was really good at that until the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight. I feel like that got too personal, and it played games with him
The American, 25, claimed his trash talk has helped elevate him within the division but he can’t allow it to become personal like McGregor.
He told MMA Fighting: “For me, it’s always going to be business. I think Conor [McGregor] was really good at that until the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight.
“I feel like that got too personal, and it played games with him.
“I definitely learned from that experience with Conor vs. Khabib, I can’t let it get personal.
“I learn from everyone always, especially guys like Chael [Sonnen], Conor, guys that know how to talk and sell fights.”
Khabib’s manager recently reignited the duo’s long-standing rivalry by claiming that McGregor’s only chance of fighting for the belt is to first beat Islam Makhachev.
McGregor, 32, is currently retired after announcing the decision in May.
While Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje, 31, are set to unify the division at UFC 253 in September.