Conor McGregor resumes calls for Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch, takes shot at Ali Abdelaziz
With Christmas Day in the rearview mirror, Conor McGregor seems to have left the time of peace and joy behind.
In a series of since-deleted posts on Twitter, "The Notorious" reopened its calls for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov while sneaking in on the reigning manager of the UFC lightweight champion, Ali Abdelaziz.
It started out simply enough, with a small push that was left open for interpretation: "MeDanaAliGonnaGetcha"
The suspected consequence, of course, would be that the scheduled meeting between Dana White and Nurmagomedov next month - and most likely Abdelaziz as well - would include a pitch for a rematch between "The Eagle" and McGregor, a fight the UFC president has long claimed hat would be the most lucrative in the history of sport.
McGregor's messages then took a somewhat sinister turn when "The Notorious" went a little deeper into their arsenal and announced that "Robert Earl Britton is the man!"
Britton is a pseudonym Abdelaziz that was used illegally in 2001. He was later found guilty of criminal impersonation in Colorado and received 90-day unattended probation.
Quoting the tweet, Abdelaziz replied, "Wrong the #Eagle is," including a photo taken a moment after McGregor presented to Nurmagomedov in the fourth round of her UFC 229 headlining in October 2018 - and before the infamous post-fight brawl .
Abdelaziz quoted the tweet again shortly afterwards, this time telling McGregor, "You will never be champion again because the army is waiting for you 155/170", listing the names when a number of high profile Dominance MMA clients are in the light and welterweight, including Justin Gaethje, reigning UFC champion Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns, Khamzat Chimaev, Islam Makhachev, Beneil Dariush, Belal Muhammad and Vicente Luque, before adding, "Nurmagomedov broke your mind."
McGregor had one final farewell shot for the semi-retired UFC champion. He replied that it was "decision time for that?", Making a clear play on claiming that Nurmagomedov is the GOAT - MMA's greatest of all time - and suggested the Russian ducks a possible rematch.
McGregor deleted his tweets shortly after the exchange, although Abdelaziz's replies were still online at the time of publication.
"Mystic Mac" has been a master of forecasting throughout his MMA career and seemed to visualize the future before anyone else around him. Whether or not planting these newest seeds will eventually come to fruition remains to be seen.
Former UFC double champion McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) will face former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) in UFC 257 main event in January 23rd in Abu Dhabi.
The rematch of the couple's first meeting in 2014 had a huge impact on 155 pounds, with Poirier currently ranked 2nd on USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie's latest lightweight rankings and McGregor ranked 6th. The winner would be in a jealous place in the UFC cover photo, although McGregor's star power certainly means he is able to fit into a UFC title almost at will.
Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) has remained noncommittal on his fighting future since announcing his retirement from the sport after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October. UFC Brass continues to recognize Nurmagomedov's status as champion at the announcement until the January meeting in Abu Dhabi.
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