18:57 GMT05 December 2020
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    Earlier in the day, Irish athlete Conor McGregor, aka the Notorious, shocked his fans by tweeting about his decision to retire from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – although promised some Proper Pina Coladas.

    Undefeated Russian UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov tweeted out a message, which was widely perceived as an unequivocal jab at Conor McGregor, who announced his retirement from the sport earlier in the day.

    Khabib’s tweet was sent as a clear reference to his recorded challenge to boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in the wake of McGregor’s crushing defeat to Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas last October.

    “Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs. 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not? Because in the jungle [there is] only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor, but I drop him easily”, Khabib said at the time.

    While McGregor may or may not be preparing his response to Khabib’s latest pass, social media users have been increasingly active on Nurmagomedov’s reply section on Twitter. Some have sent messages of support for Khabib, recognising him as the “only king in the jungle”:

    Others, however, stuck up for the Irishman, who, in their view, was the MMA king:

    In a 26 March tweet, McGregor, the former two-division champ, made a “quick announcement” to his 7.5 million followers that he had decided to leave MMA. His message, however, didn’t specify whether his fans will see him participate in other sports.

    In December, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh told the Irish Independent that he was not sure whether the athlete would be returning to the octagon and said that he didn’t want Conor to risk himself unnecessarily, because he had family.

    It was the second time that McGregor has announced that he was leaving the sport via Twitter: a month after losing to Nate Diaz in March 2016, the whiskey-maker also said that he had decided to “retire young”.

    Even though many fans doubt that his decision is final – and real, UFC President Dana White said he understood the athlete’s move given his wealth and the commercial success of his whiskey brand, Proper No. 12, according to The Irish Times.

    “He has the money to retire and his whiskey is killing it. It totally makes sense. If I was him I would retire too. He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the Octagon as he was in it”.

    Nurmagomedov and McGregor are both currently serving Nevada State Athletic Commission suspensions for their involvement in the post-fight brawls at UFC 229 in October 2018. During the historic bout, Khabib managed to knock Conor down with an overhand right in the second round before ultimately forcing the Notorious to tap out in the fourth round.


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