Nurmagomedov, who retired from the sport last year with a perfect record, had thoughts on McGregor’s situation following his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday.
“Money and fame show who you are,” Nurmagomedov told ESPN on Monday. “All the time we hear that money and fame change people. No. When money and fame come, these two things show who you are. And what has [McGregor] done? He punched an old guy [in a bar in 2019]. You guys can watch everything he did and understand, it’s just like Dustin said, this guy is a bag of shit.”
McGregor broke his left leg and fell to Poirier via TKO, but kept making threats even while sitting in the ring after his loss. The Notorious went as far as to call Poirier’s win “illegitimate” after surgery on Sunday.
UFC President Dana White said he didn’t like McGregor’s chirping after the fight. “I don’t like that, that’s not good,” he said. “Leave people’s family and wives and, you know, all that stuff out of it. Family has nothing to do with it.”
McGregor and his manager provided updates Sunday regarding the lightweight fighter’s surgery to repair the broken leg bones he sustained. He said he’s “feeling tremendous” and that he’ll be on crutches for six weeks and will be building back.
“I saw a lot of tweets try to support him,” Nurmagomedov said, via ESPN. “How are you gonna support this guy? When kids, young generation watch him, watch this sport? If you want to promote your fight, promote. If the MMA community is going to support this bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way.”
McGregor clearly wants to keep fighting, White hinted at a fourth bout between him and Poirier in the future, and Poirier seems on board.
Nurmagomedov said if McGregor makes it back to the Octagon though, he doesn’t stand a chance against Poirier or whoever he goes up against with the injury he’s just sustained.