Former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once claimed he was backed by a higher power ahead of his UFC 264 trilogy against Dustin Poirier. But on July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, that same power was used to humble the cocky Irishman.
That’s according to longtime nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov, who insists the broken leg responsible for McGregor’s latest loss was no freak accident. That’s why a “young” and “healthy” athlete — as described by coach John Kavanagh — went down in a heap.
And right into leg surgery.
“Always be there something superior, more powerful, than we have,” Nurmagomedov told MMA Junkie. “Sometimes when people become, ‘I’m this, I can do this. I’m smart because I’m strong.’ God always going to make you humble. I saw yesterday or two days ago, I saw his coach’s interview like, ‘I don’t understand how this happened. He’s a strong young, strong man and he broke his foot, I don’t understand.’ Everything from God. You have to become humble. When you become rich, when you become strong, when you become famous and then you think this is because of myself? God going to make you humble.”
“The Eagle” retired from UFC last fall.
McGregor, 32, showed no signs of humility in the wake of his UFC 264 leg break. In fact, “Notorious” was shouting death threats at Poirier before getting stretchered from the Octagon, then used social media to sling additional mud at “The Diamond” and his family.
UFC President Dana White expects to book McGregor against Poirier for the fourth time in their careers — likely because of this — but “Notorious” is unlikely to see action until some point in 2022, depending on how well his leg heals over the next couple of months.