Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s war of words on social media has sunk to a deeply personal level in recent days.
It was McGregor who first escalated the situation after appearing to be antagonised by Paulie Malignaggi’s scuffle with his training partner and friend, Artem Lobov.
In retaliation McGregor posted a series of photos of him beating up Malignaggi in their infamous sparring session in the weeks prior to his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
However, he then turned his attention back to his old rival Nurmagomedov and hit below the belt when he made a remark about his spouse, writing, “Your wife’s a towel mate,” next to pictures of the fighter’s partner wearing an Islamic veil.
The racist jibe quickly received a backlash and was hastily pulled down, but the damage had been done and Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz was among those to warn McGregor he had taken the feud too far.
“Talking sh*t, this guy is insulting someone’s wife and making fun of her religion and belief,” Abdelaziz wrote on Twitter. “He doesn’t realize he’s insulting 1.5 billon Muslims. Religion and family is a no no. You’re fucked Connor, let’s see what the media is going to say now. He’s a rapist, and a bitch.”
“You’re gonna get yourself f*cked up, your whole team f*cked up, your security f*cked up,” Abdelaziz later told McGregor via TMZ Sports.
“Get your sh*t together, boy, before you get everybody f*cked up. But, we don’t want violence. We don’t promote violence. We are promoting peace. Enough with the hate.”
However, Nurmagomedov then opted to stoop to McGregor’s level by posting a picture allegedly of McGregor getting up close and personal with a woman who is not his wife that had claimed in the UK tabloids to have given birth to a baby boy following a one-night stand with the superstar.
“Rapist, you are Rapist,” Nurmagomedov wrote, referencing another recent media report that McGregor is allegedly being investigated in relation to a rape case in his native Ireland. “You are a hypocrite who is not responsible for your actions. Justice will find you. We will see.”
With the situation clearly having got completely out of hand, Dana White then issued a statement making it clear it would not be tolerated
“The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is unacceptable,” White told TMZ Sports.
“As such, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to both athlete camps and this situation is being addressed by all parties internally.”
Since then McGregor has posted again in what appears to be an attempt to put the whole unsavory incident behind him.
“I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds,” McGregor wrote.
“All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all. Now see you in the Octagon.”