Conor McGregor deletes series of tweets aimed at Poirier and Khabib
Fans think he's gone too far.
Conor McGregor has deleted a series of late-night tweets, including one that appeared to be aimed at Khabib Nurmagomedov's late father.
After McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier in July at UFC 264, his long-time rival Khabib tweeted his happiness at the result, writing: "Good always defeats evil. Very happy for @DustinPoirier I hope you will get the belt end of the year"
Good always defeats evil.
Very happy for @DustinPoirier I hope you will get the belt end of the year
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) July 11, 2021
McGregor had appeared to ignore the tweet, but eventually responded on Tuesday with a tweet reading: "Covid is good and father is evil?"
This would appear to be a clear reference to Khabib's father and trainer, Abdulmanap, who sadly passed away last year following complications caused by Covid-19.
— Out Of Context MMA (@oocmma) July 27, 2021
Nurmagomedov had an incredibly close relationship with his father and his death was one of the reasons that he decided to retire from MMA last year with a perfect 29-0 record.
There has been a hugely bitter rivalry between Notorious and the Eagle ever since 2018 when Khabib beat the Dubliner at UFC 229.
But even McGregor's biggest fans can't defend him on this one, and in fairness it doesn't look like any of them are trying to.
One user on Twitter said that McGregor had "absolutely" crossed the line with his comment, whilst another described the tweet as "way too disgusting."
@TheNotoriousMMA tweeted this in response to @TeamKhabib saying “good always defeats evil” when talking about the trilogy with @DustinPoirier. Has he crossed the line? Absolutely. pic.twitter.com/WCque2vs3E
— MmaAndChill (@MmaAndChill_) July 27, 2021
— ℋ (@RouseyHtq) July 27, 2021
A third labelled McGregor a "pathetic coward," and a fourth said that he is "imploding" and has "lost it."
There’s the delete. What absolute pathetic coward of a man @TheNotoriousMMA is.
— Scott 🏴 (@AlbannachMMA) July 27, 2021
No he’s imploding. This isn’t the villain role. I was once a big fan too but he’s lost it.
— Kenneth Powers (@Rezanator2) July 27, 2021
More tweets were deleted from the McGregor account, including a break-down of the latest loss to Poirier, a screen-shot from the fight and a comment aimed in the American's direction - 'Have that belt spit-shined for me'.
There was another deleted tweet when the McGregor account responded to a user that was pretending to be Jolie Poirier, the lightweight champion's wife.
There was certainly a time when Notorious was a pantomime villain, a person that everyone loved to hate. But there's a difference between being a pantomime villain and then just being a bad person.
Yet again, McGregor clearly doesn't get this.