Dagestan Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov defended the U-Champion title in the lightweight category and reached the 28th victory in as many fights. He defeated Dustin Poirier in the third round in Abu Dhabi last night. Khabib started fiercely in the battle from the start, and threw the American on the floor, but he was well-defended.
Poirier started the second round well and hit Habib a few times. Soon threw him back to the floor, where he had complete control and dominance, which brought him points.
After the triumph of Khabib, a Conor appeared: Book my flight to Moscow.
Conor, contrary to initial announcements, was not in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242 to follow Nurmagomedov’s new victory over the Dustin Poirier. But it is clear that McGregor has been following his triumph, appearing on Twitter with a new post:
“Book my rematch for Moscow”.
Additionally, Nurmagomedov said just last week he’s not interested in officially fighting McGregor until he posts enough wins to prove he’s worthy. McGregor hasn’t fought since the loss last year, and has teased retirement multiple times.
Unofficially, though? Nurmagomedov said that their feud will “never be finished,” and that if they run into each other out in the world, they’re “going to fight, 100 percent.” “It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this,” Nurmagomedov added.
The famed rivalry has already included a bus attack and vile social media posts, including insults to Nurmagomedov’s wife, among other things. Nurmagomedov also landed a nine-month suspension for jumping out of the Octagon in their last meeting to confront McGregor’s team.
As to if there will be more flareups in the future, we’ll just have to wait — probably a long, long time — and see.