Conor McGregor’s defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov blamed for latest altercation

Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager has blamed Conor McGregor's altercation with Machine Gun Kelly on his loss to the Russian in 2018.

Ali Abdelaziz is an outspoken critic of McGregor after being victim to a brutal verbal attack from the Irishman at the pair's press conference before UFC 229.

And he has said that McGregor has never been the same after being comprehensively stopped by Nurmagomedov in a dominant fight three years ago.

The Irishman's latest outburst took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York last night when he got into it with rapper Machine Gun Kelly at the MTV Video Music Awards.

And Abdelaziz said on Twitter after watching the event that "Khabib changed this man for life."

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The origin of the issue is unknown, with McGregor's team denying claims he had asked 'MGK', whose real name is Colson Baker, for a photo which was turned down.

“Absolutely nothing happened," the Irishman told Entertainment Tonight . "I don’t know, he showed up, and I don’t know.

"I don’t know the guy – nothing happened with me, I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean? I certainly don’t fight little vanilla boy rappers.

"I don’t even know the guy – I don’t know anything about him, except that he’s with Megan Fox.”

Coincidentally, the Barclays Center is the place where McGregor and Nurmagomedov's rivalry first got violent, when the Irishman attacked a bus full of UFC fighters including the Russian at a media day.

The Irishman back in April 2018 flew into New York to confront Nurmagomedov at the press conference for his fight at UFC 223, and after the event threw a trolley through the window of his bus.

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McGregor is currently making the rounds in America as he recovers from a broken leg suffered in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 earlier this summer.

MGK was in attendance with Fox at the event in Las Vegas, where the Irishman was defeated after a round by Poirier after suffering an horrific injury towards the end of the first five minutes.

In a strictly sporting sense, Abdelaziz's comments may actually hold some weight, with the Irishman going 1-2 in his next three outings after losing to Nurmagomedov.

He spent the entirety of 2019 out of the cage, with injuries stopping a potential bout with Justin Gaethje before he finally returned in January 2020 against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.

McGregor obliterated Cerrone within seconds of their welterweight meeting, but then was forced out for the rest of the year with coronavirus restrictions shutting down most venues that could host a big McGregor fight night.

He returned the following January in Dubai against Poirier, over whom he held a win from 2014, but was knocked out in the second round of their fight.

And after losing the trilogy in July at the T-Mobile Arena, McGregor has got into a number of social media spats with fellow fighters and personalities, with infamous 'tweet-and-delete' sprees late at night while rehabbing in Los Angeles.

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