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Conor McGregor is slammed over ‘racist’ tweet branding Muslim UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife a ‘towel’

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/04/2019 Ed Riley

Conor McGregor standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Conor McGregor, who left fans stunned after announcing his retirement at the end of last month, also hit out at his rival for avoiding a rematch © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Conor McGregor, who left fans stunned after announcing his retirement at the end of last month, also hit out at his rival for avoiding a rematch Conor McGregor has been slammed for a 'racist' Tweet directed at a UFC rival featuring a photo of the fighter's wife wearing an Islamic veil on their wedding day.

The message to Muslim Khabib Nurmagomedov included the image with the caption 'Your wife's a towel mate' and was met with a barrage of criticism on social media.

The post, which has now been deleted, was branded racist and Islamophobic and comes as the pair have been trading insults since Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in October last year.

During the late night flurry of tweets McGregor's account also took aim at the Russian's brother, tweeting 'I smacked your brother around and took a s--- in this hat'.

He also hit out at him for avoiding another fight, saying: 'Don't be scared of the rematch you little scurrying rat.

'You will do what you are told like you always do.'

After uploading an image of  Nurmagomedov's wife in veil, one user posted: 'Conor mcgregor is a man with no dignity or honour..that's it..just look at the racist islamophobic comments.'

Another added: 'Remember when people tried to argue that Conor McGregor isn't racist and the things he said were just 'banter'.

And one said: 'Wow. What’s the point of attacking another man’s wife and their culture?'

Conor McGregor left UFC fans stunned as he announced his shock retirement from MMA. 

It comes after a series of run-ins with the law for the MMA legend, including hurling a five foot tall metal sack barrow at the window of a bus full of rival fighters, smashing the window.  

And just a couple of weeks ago a video emerged which appears to show McGregor stamping on a fan's phone outside a nightclub in Miami after the man tried to film him. 

Posting on his Twitter page in the early hours of Tuesday morning, McGregor wrote: 'Hey guys quick announcement, I've decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today. 

'I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.

'I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!' 

UFC president Dana White confirmed the shock news just one hour after McGregor's announcement on Twitter.

On October 6 McGregor and Nurmagomedov were involved in a post-match brawl for which he and the Russian were handed lengthy suspensions and large fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Ever since there has been bad blood between the pair and it was further fulled when Nurmagomedov insisted there 'can only be one king in the jungle' in a tweet responding to McGregor's retirement announcement. 

Accompanied with a picture of him with his title belt, McGregor's rival ruthlessly tweeted: 'There can be only one king in the jungle,' followed up with a one 'finger emoji'. 


February 17, 2007: Conor McGregor makes his MMA debut against Ciaran Campbell and wins in the first round by knockout 

March 9, 2008: McGregor makes his professional debut and beats Gary Morris in the second round

June 28, 2008: The Irishman's eagerness to build up his record sees him run before he can walk as he suffers his first defeat at the hands of Lithuanian submission expert Artemij Sitenkov 

2009: In a surprise move, McGregor elects to take the entire year off from professional competition as he looks to focus on his technique 

October 9, 2010: After almost two years out of the sport, McGregor makes a winning return against Connor Dillon in Chaos Fighting Championships 

March 12, 2011: It takes McGregor just 16 seconds to knockout opponent Mike Wood and the referee steps in to end the non-contest  

April 6, 2013: He makes UFC debut against Marcus Brimage in Sweden on preliminary card for Gegard Mousasi vs Ilir Latifi. The bout was stopped in the first round and McGregor won by knockout 

August 17, 2013: McGregor backs up victory over Brimage by beating Max Holloway, only to tear his anterior cruciate ligament during the bout and he needed surgery, keeping him out of action for up to 10 months  

January 18, 2015: After beating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo as the pair were to go head-to-head in Las Vegas in the Irishman's first world title shot 

July 11, 2015: Aldo pulled out through injury and so McGregor went on to beat for the interim featherweight belt 

December 12, 2015: Finally he had the title shot he desired and given Aldo had not lost in years, McGregor's victory after 13 seconds set a new record for the fastest UFC knockout in a title bout. The bout generated 1.2m pay-per-view sales placing it as second highest in UFC history at the time

March 5, 2016: Having reached the peak with the world title, McGregor was brought back down to earth with a submission defeat to Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

August 20, 2016: Reeling from the loss, the Irishman swiftly agrees a rematch with Diaz and this time wins the contest by majority decision 

November 12, 2016: Holding off from a trilogy bout so soon after gaining revenge on Diaz, McGregor takes on Eddie Alvarez and wins the UFC Lightweight Championship to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time

August 26, 2017: After taking time out of UFC - seeing him stripped of his featherweight title in the process due to inactivity - for the birth of his first child, McGregor's notoriety saw him land a boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman lost but secured a $100m payday

October 6, 2018: Further inactivity saw him stripped of his lightweight title but he made his UFC return in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov which he lost.

The fight descended into chaos with a post-bout brawl and both fighters were handed suspensions 

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