Though he may not see it himself, the picture is perfectly clear for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov, who retired from the sport last year with a perfect record, sounded off on McGregor following his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday. and broke his left leg, but after his loss. He even on Sunday.
"Money and fame show who you are," Nurmagomedov said, . "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**t.'
Khabib: ‘This sport is going to go a bad way’
McGregor has now lost three of his last four bouts, including one to Nurmagomedov and two straight to Poirier.
The fact that people in the sport are still in the Irishman’s corner, Nurmagomedov said, marks a dangerous path for the sport as a whole.
"If the MMA community is going to support this bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way."
Poirier said so, too, but for different reasons.
If McGregor makes it back to the Octagon, Nurmagomedov said, he doesn’t stand a chance against Poirier or whoever he goes up against.
With the injury he’s just sustained, Nurmagomedov said, is done.
"Without broken legs, yes, [he could be the same]," Nurmagomedov said, . "But with broken legs, he's never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don't believe [he'll return to the top]. Conor have good age, but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he's good for promotion."
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