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Conor McGregor has let it be known that he apparently didn’t think much of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance at UFC 219, and “The Eagle’s” reminded the champ of his submission lossess…

As you certainly know by now, Nurmagomedov battled fellow lightweight contender Edson Barboza on Saturday, and shut the feared striker down with his galaxy class, grappling. Although Nurmagomedov took some heavy kicks in the fight, he dominated much of the action and then some. As evidenced by the judge’s scoring of 30-25, 30-25, 30-24.

Well, since then, McGregor tweeted out the comment below, and Nurmagomedov wasted little time responding (warning: explicit language follows):

Then, McGregor started working the super star angle, which, he has used before. In terms of telling opponents to “beg” him for the opportunity to fight him, since he’s such a huge draw, you’ll make a ton of money, etc. etc. Nurmagomedov, however, had this response waiting:

So, it will be interesting to see what kind of talk this exchange generates in hardcore fan circles. Was McGregor truly not impressed with Nurmagomedov’s performance? Does he not really believe the Dagestan fighter is that good? Or, is the Irish star more so pushing out this narrative as a means to discredit the undefeated fighter? Is it a combination of the above?

Many have argued that Nurmagomedov would cruise through McGregor, if, and that’s the key, if he can avoid getting tagged coming in. Since McGregor isn’t calling for a bout with Nurmagomedov, however, one would think the UFC will look to finalize a bout between the champ and Tony Ferguson. Provided, of course, that McGregor’s willing to take that fight, can come to terms on a new deal with the UFC etc, etc.

In the meantime, if McGregor – Ferguson goes down, does Nurmagomedov wait until the end of 2018 to face the winner? Or would he fight in the interim? These are fascinating times in the UFC’s lightweight division. That’s for sure.