Over the preceding weekend, reverberations of Usman Nurmagomedov, Bellator's lightweight champion, failing a doping test resonated prominently in the public sphere. Khabib's cousin faced the repercussions of a six-month suspension and the looming threat of belt confiscation.
Notably impacted by this revelation, Conor McGregor, the former UFC champion, responded vehemently through a series of Twitter posts, exhibiting a mix of amusement and condemnation toward the unfolding scenario, as well as targeting Dagestani fighters in general.
Expressing his lack of surprise at a member of the Nurmagomedov team testing positive for steroids, McGregor employed strong language, labeling them "hypocrites of the highest order." Unyielding, he continued his tirade with a subsequent post, deriding them as possessing "pea-sized brains born on steroids." Taking it a step further, McGregor accused the Nurmagomedov clan of carrying the "shame of Allah," boldly branding them as "cheaters" and asserting that Abdulmanap, Khabib's late father and renowned coach, would be disgraced by their actions, proclaiming, "Abdulmanap is turning in his grave!" Despite McGregor's penchant for deleting controversial social media posts, the ephemeral nature of his tweets did not prevent them from becoming viral.
The internet, known for its unforgiving memory, swiftly disseminated McGregor's statements, thrusting them into the spotlight of media scrutiny. MMA Mania, among the first outlets to capture and disseminate McGregor's comments, played a pivotal role in amplifying the controversy.
The incident not only underscored the ongoing issue of doping in sports but also reignited the simmering tensions between McGregor and the Nurmagomedov camp. As the digital landscape retained the imprint of McGregor's impassioned words, it became yet another chapter in the enduring narrative of rivalries and controversies within the realm of professional mixed martial arts.
We remind you that the USADA made accusations against the UFC that they are protecting McGregor and that they do not want him to be tested. This is the reason for the termination of cooperation, according to USADA.