UFC 257 primarily revolved around the lightweight division, with Dana White and others hoping that the best 155-pound fighters would offer a clinic, which might have been enough to entice champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to return from retirement. The general assumption was that Conor McGregor – who was entering the PPV as a big betting favorite – would come out victorious, creating a potential rematch against the unbeaten Russian. However, Dustin Poirier shocked the world when he left McGregor with a second round TKO to become a main title contender.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts to the loss of Conor McGregor
After the fight, Eagle took to Twitter and rubbed some salt on McGregor’s fresh wounds while slamming the former UFC double champion. Nurmagomedov said Notorious One lost because he changed his teams and left his sparring partners, who played a huge role in his success.
This is what happened, when you change teams, you leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and you fight with kids, far from reality.
– khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 24, 2021
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Conor McGregor returns fire on Khabib Nurmagomedov
While reacting to Khabib’s tweet at the post-fight conference, Conor McGregor responded by saying, “My team has been with me since day one.” He said each fighter has a different fighting style by taking a shot at Nurmagomedov’s jab, adding that the champion “doesn’t throw kicks in the legs”. “If you want to have your disrespectful comments, go back and come back, my friend. I’m here for this. This is talking about combat. If you’re coming back, go back. Try to do it. That’s it, “he added.
With McGregor’s recent defeat, the chances of Khabib vs McGregor 2 happening have gotten even thinner. While speaking about the same thing at the post-fight conference, UFC president Dana White said the undefeated champion is unlikely to return as he has defeated both Poirier and McGregor in the past. “He (Khabib) said to me, ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. That’s so many levels above these guys. ‘ I do not know. (Nurmagomedov returns) doesn’t look very positive, “White added.
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If Nurmagomedov decides to stay retired, then a vacant title bout between Poirier and Michael Chandler makes the most sense. The Iron made his UFC debut at the UFC 257 Main Event where he defeated Dan Hooker. White praised Chandler after the event, saying he couldn’t think of a better bout for his UFC history debut.
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