“It’ll never be over!” proclaimed Conor McGregor before his lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, in Las Vegas three weeks ago.
Khabib submitted McGregor in the fourth round of the fight, and following his victory the Dagestani fighter leapt out of the octagon attacking Dillon Danis as a pull-apart brawl ensued both inside and outside of the cage.
A sure indication that McGregor’s words would ring true. Perhaps this rivalry between the pair will never be over?
One man however who is not keen on an extended feud between the two is Khabib’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov Sr missed the fight in Vegas after being denied a US visa and had previously been a target of McGregor’s pre-fight jibes but despite this, he had previously outlined that he forgives McGregor for the things The Notorious One said about him.
“I forgive Conor McGregor, it’s all in the past. You must make an analysis of everything that went on and take lessons on board,” Abdulmanap wrote underneath a picture of Khabib and Conor facing off at their ceremonial weigh-in.
He has now taken his forgiveness a step further by inviting McGregor to a Sambo tournament in Dagestan in December.
“Distinguished guests, I invite again to the tournament our close friend [actor and former UFC fighter] Oleg Taktarov and McGregor,” Nurmagomedov Sr is heard saying into a camera while driving.
A friend in the passenger seat is then heard extolling the hospitality of the region and natural beauty that McGregor would experience, before Nurmagomedov Sr adds: “I said that I forgive him [for all the insults], it’s important to be kind-hearted!”
It is highly unlikely that McGregor will take up Khabib’s fathers offer but in inviting the former two-weight world champion to Dagestan perhaps Nurmagomedov Sr has done a little to help mend the highly frayed ties between the pair.