Daniel Cormier immediately called Khabib Nurmagomedov after Conor McGregor ‘crossed the line’ in deleted tweet
Conor McGregor's recent Twitter attack on Khabib Nurmagomedov's late father didn't go well with former UFC champion Daniel Cormier.
On Monday, McGregor posted a message on Twitter apparently addressed to Nurmagomedov's father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away last July after testing positive for COVID-19. The now deleted tweet read: "Covid is good and father is bad?"
Cormier, a very close friend of Nurmagomedov, resented the attack and said that McGregor had gone too far with his trash talk.
"After the fight with Dustin Poirier, a lot of people wondered whether Conor McGregor had tried to get into Dustin Poirier's head or not," said Cormier on his ESPN show "DC & RC". “(To) Go back to a time when he had a trash talk that might affect people. It didn't seem to work against Poirier and I feel like speaking from him to Dustin's wife to Khabib's father, he's just going way too far.
"When you're dealing with death and Covid and all these other things that we've been dealing with for the past year and a half, it's all forbidden."
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There was a sharp contrast in McGregor's approach to pre-fight antics in his rematch with Poirier at UFC 257, where he was warm and friendly, compared to the saucy, smelly fighter who showed up for the trilogy fight at UFC 264 on the second For several consecutive times, Poirier continued the lesser attacks even while caged with a broken leg.
It was a similar approach we McGregor took ahead of his title-challenging fight against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The Irishman verbally assaulted Nurmagomedov's wife and religion, including before the two met in the cage, where McGregor lost filing in the fourth round.
"We've talked about wives and families being taboo, but you're talking about the 'everything' of a man," said Cormier. "Khabib's father was his 'everything' and you say that he is gone today because of something that was so horrible for our whole world, and you use that in a way to come back?"
McGregor has been on more than one tweet-and-delete spree since UFC 264. The first series of attacks was directed against Poirier's family in a series of messages containing a picture of Poirier's young daughter. Cormier believes McGregor may have planned his news, given the timing.
Most of all, Cormier was concerned about the impact the news might have had on his friend Nurmagomedov, who has happily withdrawn from the competition and knows that he would only try to do something about it as part of a sanctioned fight.
"It didn't happen the day after the fight or the same night of the fight," said Cormier. “This was done weeks after the fight, so it feels like it was intended and it was thought out for Conor to tweet something like this. Now I'm shocked and try to get people to talk, but (that was) way too far, so I immediately called Khabib last night and said: 'Hey, are you okay?' "
While Nurmagomedov may be able to dismiss the news from McGregor himself, sometimes his fans can call for their support regardless of the news, which baffles Cormier.
"Honestly, when Conor does something like this, it's hard to understand how there are so many people out there who support this type of behavior," said Cormier.
"I think when something like this is said I think it's a cry for help."
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