Former UFC 2-division champion Conor McGregor had a few words for Islam Makhachev regarding a comment he made about women’s MMA following UFC 248.
Weili Zhang defended her UFC women’s strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the co-main event at last weekend’s UFC 248. The fight was a stunning display of heart, skill and determination from both fighters and is now widely regarded as the greatest women’s fight in history. UFC president Dana White called it “one of the best fights” he has seen, period.
After the fight, UFC lightweight fighter Islam Makhachev wrote on his Twitter that “this is not a women’s sport.” The tweet has now been deleted, but screenshots of it still remain.
“This is not a women’s sport” Makhachev tweeted following the co-main event at UFC 248.
Conor McGregor was angered by Makhachev’s comment and responded to the Dagestani fighter, calling him a “little gremlin” and “filthy rat”.
“An absolute cretin. A Convicted Steroid cheat that will do anything to avoid impact and stall a fight, and then talks down on one of the greatest exchanges of combat ever produced by our female combatants. These little gremlins! It’s back on. Filthy rats. Shame on the game.”
Islam Makhachev is a friend and teammate of undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is arguably Conor McGregor’s biggest rival in the UFC. McGregor was bested by Nurmagomedov in their Octagon meeting at UFC 229. He lost via submission due to a neck crank in the 4th round. The rivalry has somewhat died down since UFC 229 and it’s post-fight antics, but the pair have repeatedly stated that they do no like each other. McGregor has been campaigning for a rematch since then and UFC president Dana White recently stated that if Nurmagomedov wins against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, he will fight McGregor in a rematch next.
Following the co-main event at UFC 248, which featured Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, McGregor called it an “amazing contest” and believes Jedrzejczyk won the fight.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 9th March, 2020.
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