UFC legend Conor McGregor poked up at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s gym in the immediate aftermath of Jose Aldo’s loss to Merab Dvalishvili.
Ahead of the bantamweight contender fight at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, ‘Notorious’ felt good about his former foe’s chances against the Georgian grappler.
“What an entrance. Performance of a career here I feel. This guy tailor made for Jose to shine. Styles makes fights. Great matchup,” McGregor tweeted.
Despite backing the man who has become something of a friend since they fought in 2015, McGregor noted that he had his work cut out against Dvalishvili.
“He added: “Those Georgians are really under rated tho and largely unknown. But many incredible wrestler grapplers hail from here. Certainly straight wrestlers. This guy Mirab is a great little fighter!”
During the fight, Aldo showed off his great wrestling defence and not much else. The Brazilian fight legend struggled to get the distance needed to let rip with his famous striking attacks.
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The third round was the most dominant of the fight for Dvalishvili but was largely uneventful as pinned Aldo against the cage and hit him with knees to the thigh until the final bell sounds to end the fight.
Ultimately, this meant Dvalishvili improved his win streak to seven in a row courtesy of the ringside judges who scored the fight 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 in his favour.
“Tuesday mornings at the American kick boxing academy,” McGregor wrote immediately after the fight on social media in an apparent dig at his bitter rival Nurmagomedov.
The 34-year-old insisted that he meant no offence to Dvalishvili but believes that officials should do more to ensure that fighters actually fight while inside the Octagon.
“Leaned his way to victory. Refs need to separate stale positions quicker. Especially if happening repeatedly. Earlier each time,” McGregor added.
“It’s fighting guys! Not saying anything on Mirab he done what he had to / won the match. The ref should separate tho to potentially get a real finish.”
The former dual-weight champion is currently healing up after suffering a catastrophic leg injury at UFC 264 in July 2021.
McGregor is closing in on a return bout that is expected to take place later this year or in the first quarter of 2023.