Khabib Nurmagomedov felt he had not option but to shrug off Conor McGregor's deleted tweet aimed at his late father.
UFC legend Daniel Cormier has told of how he called his friend to check if he was okay after McGregor tweeted and deleted a tasteless comment about Nurmagomedov's father Abdulmanap's passing earlier this week.
The Irishman alluded to a tweet from his old rival that said "good always defeats evil," while congratulating Dustin Poirier on winning his recent trilogy against McGregor earlier this month.
McGregor said in a now-deleted post: "Covid is good and father is evil?"
And Cormier has said that since Khabib has retired from the sport of MMA, there wasn't much else he could do about McGregor's crass message.
“I get shock value and I get trying to get people to talk but [that was] way too far,” Cormier said on his show on ESPN with Ryan Clark.
“To the point that I immediately called Khabib last night and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I was asking him if he’s OK after having to see that, especially with no ability to do anything about it again.
“Well, he can’t do that no more cause he’s not a prizefighter anymore, so now he just has to kind of swallow that – [it was] way too far."
Cormier, a former two-weight world champion in his own right, has said that he struggles to understand how McGregor is maintaining a fanbase while posts comments of that sort on social media.
"Honestly, when Conor does stuff like that, it’s hard to understand how there’s still this mass amount of people that support that type of behavior.
"After the fight with Dustin Poirier, a lot of people questioned whether or not Conor McGregor was reaching to try and get in the head of Dustin Poirier.
"Reach back to a time where he had trash talk that could affect people – it didn’t seem to work against Poirier.
"I feel like from him talking about Dustin’s wife to now Khabib’s father, he is just taking it way too far.”
Cormier also explained how Nurmagomedov told students at his wrestling program during an appearance recently that he was delighted to be able to "beat up" McGregor in their 2018 fight.
"He spoke to my kids at my wrestling program the other day and said he was never happier than when he got to fight McGregor on the day, because for so long, he wanted to get his hands on Conor and beat Conor up.”
McGregor's UFC 229 fight with Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas is still to this day the most successful pay-per-view the company has ever run, raking in over 2.5million pay-per-view buys.
However, this was in part due to the heated and at times ugly build-up that included McGregor being arrested for attacking a bus on which Nurmagomedov was sitting.
And in the aftermath of the fight, which Nurmagomedov won by fourth round submission, he jumped out of the cage and attacked McGregor's cornerman Dillon Danis, which instigated a brawl that saw McGregor attacked in the octagon.
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