Unsurprisingly, Irish UFC star Conor McGregor needed little encouragement to mock Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar after he fell to a first-round submission defeat on his UFC debut in Moscow, calling him a “failure”.
Nurmagomedov took on gritty German and KSW veteran David Zawada in a preliminary card bout at UFC Moscow.
And although he appeared to make a solid start to the contest, it was Zawada whose grappling acumen produced a surprise result as he locked up a triangle armbar, then released the arm and tightened the triangle choke. It left Abubakar trapped and left with no alternative but to tap out a submission.
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But the nature of the tap, which saw Abubakar tap Zawada on the forehead, led to a mocking response on Twitter by McGregor, who gleefully tweeted his response to the fight’s conclusion.
“Nurmagotaptap,” he tweeted as he launched into a handful of reactionary tweets following the fight.
And, after calling the team “s**tebags”, McGregor then went on to mock Abubakar, tweeting: “He tapped his forehead. If you can tap his forehead. You can punch his forehead. He quit. 1 quitter exposed. Abubakar Nurmagotaptap. Forever a failure.”
McGregor later deleted his tweets, but not until much of the MMA world saw them and noted them, with some pointing out the hypocrisy of criticizing a fighter for submitting after he fell to defeat in the same manner against Khabib at UFC 229.
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— Anthony Walker (@AntWalkerMMA) November 9, 2019
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