Tony Ferguson, who lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s youngest victim Justin Gaethje, has dismissed the Russian master’s resignation on the grounds that he will soon fight him, while Nate Diaz has been ridiculed for yet another bizarre reaction.
Former interim lightweight champion Ferguson was clearly not convinced by Nurmagomedov’s emotional announcement after his emphatic win over Gaethje on Saturday.
The man, who was badly beaten by Gaethje in a fifth-round loss at UFC 249 in May, shared a shot from his sharp press conference with the Russian before the pair were supposed to host the event.
The frustrated Ferguson, who, even without Nurmagomedov’s decision to take off his gloves, would likely not have faced his planned former opponent in the future, shared a photo of the rivals split from UFC President Dana White, adding, “Until soon, father. “”
While Ferguson took to Instagram to insult the champion after submitting Gaethje in the second round, veteran Nick Diaz decided to use Twitter to revive a story about a skirmish he allegedly had with Nurmagomedov in 2015.
Diaz accused him of being a “tyrant” for him at the event, adding that he silenced Nurmagomedov by “slapping him in the face for making fun of me”.
In a confusing assessment of the altercation, Diaz has since insisted that he didn’t mind declining a request to fight Nurmagomedov in the Octagon because his unanswered blow represented a victory over him.
“29 and 1”, Diaz tweeted after Nurmagomedov defeated Gaethje, introducing himself as the man who had broken the proud, unbeaten record of “The Eagle”.
Bellator MMA lightweight Josh Thomson told Diaz to keep quiet while others pointed to his most recent fight when he lost to Jorge Masvidal in November 2019, arguing that he would make a worthy opponent for Nurmagomedov.
I believe @TeamKhabib lost a behind-the-scenes argument with me so I declare that I took the eagles ‘0’ and his actual record is 29-1
– Nathan Diaz Translater (@NTranslater) October 25, 2020
I would watch. Nates a decent match for Khabib.
– Usmawn (@ Usmawn731) October 25, 2020
A parody report of the decryption of Diaz’s tweets wrote, “I believe Khabib lost a behind-the-scenes argument with me.
“So I declare that I took the eagle’s ‘0’ and his actual record is 29-1.”
The stream of admiration for Nurmagomedov after his victory continued elsewhere. Current Bellator and former UFC featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, posted a photo of himself next to him.
“Happy retirement, champion,” wrote Cyborg, adding a word of praise in Arabic at the end of her post.
Henry Cejudo, who was a two-weight champion, added support after Nurmagomedov paid tribute to his late father and mentor Abdulmanap on Instagram.
“Congratulations, my brother,” Cejudo wrote in the comments. “What a trip you and your father made. Just love, my brother.”
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