Connor Mcgregor’s recent and unfortunate freak-accident mid-fight against Dustin Poirier (in which he suffered a fractured fibula and tibia) has been seen by many as sheer coincidence.
But for retired UFC champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov it was nothing short of a God “humbling” moment.
“I saw an interview with his coach after the fight. He said ‘I don’t know, I don’t understand how this could happen; he’s a young, strong man.’ Everything’s from God,” said Nurmagomedov in an interview with MMA Junkie.
“You have to be humble. When you become strong, when you become famous, and you think ‘this is because of myself’, that’s going to make [God] humble you.”
His remarks are in reference to the troubled fighter’s rollercoaster of a career through which McGregor has attacked unsuspecting fighters, by throwing a dolly through a bus window in 2018, for starters. In 2019, he punched an older man in a bar, and recently, brought his opponent, Dustin Poirer’s wife into their verbal squabble leading up to their third fight, which was cut short due to his injury.
The incident saw McGregor suffer a major injury to his ankle after an unlikely misstep. As Poirer departed the cage, McGreggor can be heard shouting at his opponent that “this isn’t over” and “your wife is in me DMs”. The UFC star later underwent a 3.5-hour surgery to repair his ankle.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has never been one to mince words when criticising the antics of Connor McGregor. He has recently criticised the MMA community after support poured in for McGregor following this latest incident.
Forbes ranked Mcgregor as the highest paid athlete of 2021, earning a whopping $180 million over a 12-month period as at May 2021.
“All the time we hear that money and fame change people. No. When money and fame come, these two things show who you are. And what has McGregor done? He punched an old guy [in a bar in 2019]. You guys can watch everything he did and understand, it’s just like Dustin said, ‘this guy is [trash],” Nurmagomedov said in an interview with ESPN.
“If the MMA community is going to support [such] bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way.”
In 2017, McGregor stepped out of the octagon and into the boxing ring to face Floyd Mayweather in his first-ever professional boxing match.
Casual fans of combat sports will remember Connor McGregor from his historic fight against Floyd Mayweather, where he became the first MMA champion to challenge one of boxing’s greatest fighters. Their fight was one of the highest-grossing events in combat sports history.