- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

McGregor Hints at Comeback After Anti-Khabib Rant

© AP Photo / John LocherConor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 229 mixed martial arts fight Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 229 mixed martial arts fight Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. - Sputnik International
In just one week, the Irish MMA star managed to announce his retirement from the cage and come under fire for comparing his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife to a towel over her veil on their wedding day. Recently, he took to Twitter again to apparently address both issues.

Two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor has stirred fans by hinting at resuming his MMA fighting career. He concluded his busy week on social media with a message to “fans of all faiths and all backgrounds” with what appears to be a vow to see them in the octagon, where UFC fights are held.

​The tweet came just nine days after McGregor’s announcement that he was retiring from his sports career. The 30-year-old, who grabbed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title in two consecutive years, in 2015 and 2016, made his shock announcement on Twitter on 26 March. 

However, many suspect that it might be no more than an intentional and calculated ploy to pull the wool over their eyes, as he later posted a number of pictures of himself in training. Some fighting enthusiasts suggested that he might merely be seeking greater negotiating leverage while seeking a share in the UFC by publicly announcing his retirement. Or, alternatively, he is thought to possibly be attempting to distract the general public from a recent sexual assault accusation brought against him amid an ongoing investigation into the case, as well as his recent arrest over an uncontrolled burst of rage.  

READ MORE: Conor McGregor's Sparring PHOTOS Spark Rumours He’s Not Actually 'Retired'

While being "retired", he did not abandon social media attacks on his rival from Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, Khabib Nurmagomedov, which recently brought accusations of racism and Islamophobia against McGregor. The Irishman's post triggered a barrage of criticism online, sharing a picture of Nurmagomedov and his wife with a fully covered face on their wedding day with the caption "Your wife is a towel mate".

The post was later deleted, but screen grabs of it quickly went viral. While many commenters slammed the post as low and disrespectful, Nurmagomedov delivered his own heavy blow with a tweet calling the Irish fighter a "rapist", alluding to reports about an accusation of sexual assault against McGregor.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала