Khabib Nurmagomedov has once again slated his bitter rival Conor McGregor and heaped praise on Dustin Poirier after the premature end to their battle at UFC 264.
The Russian was one of millions who witnessed two of the very best lightweights go head-to-head for a third time at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Although McGregor started brightly and looked more limber than in the defeat at UFC 257, Poirier quickly utilised his size and power to bully the Irishman back to the cage as he reigned down elbows and punches.
‘The Notorious’ was forced to retire at the end of the first after suffering a horrific broken leg, but the main talking point was the vicious tirade of abuse he levelled at Poirier and his wife, Jolie, after the event.
Khabib vowed to make McGregor humble before their grudge match in 2018 and seemed to have the desired effect as the 32-year-old was gracious before and after bouts against Donald Cerrone and the rematch with Poirier in January.
Yet the vitriol and spite which emanated from the mouth of the former two-weight world champion proved to be the final straw for ‘The Eagle’ as he begged the MMA community to disown McGregor.
“Money and fame show who you are,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN. “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 a bag of s***.’
“I saw a lot of tweets try to support him. How are you going to support this guy? When kids, young generation watch him, watch this sport? If you want to promote your fight, promote. If the MMA community is going to support this bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way.”