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[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 3, 2019, 1:34 PM]
Author: Damon Martin
The personal attacks between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have ratcheted up even further after the latest message shared on Wednesday.
Late Tuesday evening, McGregor shared a pair of tweets that took aim at Nurmagomedov and his family including one very personal attack that insulted the Russian’s wife.
“Your wife is a towel, mate,” McGregor wrote in the message that was later deleted.
While McGregor deleted that message, he didn’t stop going after Nurmagomedov in several more tweets including another directed at his teammate Ruslan Magomedov, who was recently handed a lifetime ban by USADA after multiple violations of the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Then on Wednesday, Nurmagomedov decided to respond with a message of his own.
This message took aim at McGregor and the recent news that he was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that took place in his native Ireland last December. According to a report from the New York Times, McGregor was detained for questioning and later released after the sexual assault allegations surfaced.
“Rapist, you are Rapist,” Nurmagomedov wrote. “You are a hypocrite who is not responsible for your actions. Justice will find you. We will see.”
To be very clear, McGregor has never been charged or convicted of any crime related to the sexual assault allegations.
Obviously there’s no love lost between these two competitors but what initially started as trash talk between two opponents has devolved into incredibly personal attacks including insults about Nurmagomedov’s faith and family not to mention sexual assault allegations.
It’s unclear if the UFC will take any action against either fighter for these continued attacks.
Under the UFC’s code of conduct, any athlete can be punished for behavior that is seen as detrimental to the promotion.