Dana White and the UFC are stepping in to deal with what they themselves describe as ‘unacceptable’ behavior between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
A brief but incredibly ugly Twitter back-and-forth has given the impression that the animosity between the two is as strong as ever.
In many people’s eyes, we’re fast-approaching the point where things have gone too far.
Conor had first taken a shot at the Russian and his wife in a since-deleted pair of tweets before Nurmagomedov fired back – citing recent allegations against the former-champ, promising that justice will find him eventually.
The statement, which was released via the official website of the UFC, sees the promotion’s president Dana White branding the back-and-forth as ‘unacceptable’ while promising that he will be taking the necessary steps to address things.
“I am aware of the recent social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
“The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is unacceptable.
“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.”
Both men’s futures are still up in the air for differing reasons.
The public ‘retirement’ of McGregor was seemingly brought to an end following this skirmish – with Conor released a short statement to his fans promising that he will see them in the octagon.
As for Nurmagomedov, while currently suspended by USADA up until the summer – it does appear as though he is going to sit out until both of his teammates who were involved in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl are cleared to fight – putting him in line for an October return at the very earliest.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena