Despite their bitter rivalry, former dual-division champion Conor McGregor on Friday offered his condolences on the loss of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father.
Khabib and McGregor have a sordid past that includes the Irishman and group of his associates attacking a UFC transport van following the UFC 223 media day on April 5, 2018. McGregor threw a hand truck at the window of a van that held Khabib and several other UFC fighters and staff members inside, as they awaited transport back to their hotel.
The UFC opted to close the UFC 229 pre-fight press conference to the public at Radio City Music Hall in New York ahead of Khabib and McGregor’s fight in October 2018.
Khabib won the UFC 229 headliner via a fourth-round submission. Their feuding didn’t end there.
After the fight, Khabib climbed over the Octagon fence to fight one of McGregor’s cornermen, Dillon Danis. A brawl broke out with several of Khabib’s teammates climbing into the Octagon to attack McGregor. The brawl resulted in Khabib and McGregor and a few other individuals being issued suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Despite all of that, however, McGregor on Friday tweeted, “The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated support of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.”
The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 3, 2020