Conor McGregor appears to have drawn a line under his recent social media feud with Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying he wants to move forward 'with my fans of all faiths and backgrounds' and continue with his UFC career.
The ugly war of words between McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov escalated on Wednesday to the point where UFC President Dana White issued a statement, saying that the organization had begun to undertake measures to mediate the situation between the two fighters and their teams.
"I am aware of the recent social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor," White said.
"The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is unacceptable. As such, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to both athletes' camps and this situation is being addressed by all parties internally."
This came after a series of insulting tweets between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, which had extended past the generally accepted line of fight promotion and into both fighters' personal lives and beliefs. Two particularly inflammatory tweets directed at Nurmagomedov have since been deleted from McGregor's Twitter timeline.
Nurmagomedov has so far opted not to delete relevant tweets from his own account, including one from late on Wednesday which appeared to stoke religious tension.
"If you think that [by] insulting an entire religion you [will] be safe, you are mistaken," he wrote.
Nonetheless, it appears that the matter is closed – for now, at least. McGregor, who announced his retirement from mixed martial arts last week, has been hinting on social media that his short-lived exodus from the sport was coming to an end. He appeared to emphasize that point in an overnight tweet.
While it can't be described as an apology in the traditional sense, it appears to suggest that McGregor is keen to move on from this particularly dark back-and-forth with his Russian rival, while also confirming his interest in fighting again.
I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds.
All faiths challenge us to be our best selves.
It is one world and one for all
Now see you in the Octagon.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 4, 2019
"I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and backgrounds. All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all," he wrote.
"Now see you in the Octagon.&quRead More – Source