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Conor McGregor mocks Khabib Nurmagomedov’s gym after Jose Aldo suffers heavy loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278

UFC legend Conor McGregor visited Khabib Nurmagomedov’s gym the day after Jose Aldo lost to Merab Dvalishvili.

Ahead of the bantamweight contenders’ bout at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, ‘Notorious’ was pleased with his former foe’s chances against the Georgian grappler.

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McGregor and Aldo have become friends since they fought seven years ago

“What an entry. Performance of a career here, I feel. This guy is tailor-made for Jose to shine. Styles make fights. Great game,” McGregor tweeted.

Despite the support of the man who has become something of a friend since they fought in 2015, McGregor noted he has his work cut out against Dvalishvili.

“He added: “These Georgians are really underrated and largely unknown. But many amazing wrestlers hail from here. Definitely straight wrestlers. This guy, Mirab, is a great little fighter!

During the fight, Aldo showed off his great wrestling defense and not much else. The Brazilian fighting legend struggled to get the distance needed to let loose with his famous striking attacks.

Dvalishvili tried for 15 minutes but failed to defeat Aldo

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Dvalishvili tried for 15 minutes but failed to defeat Aldo

Despite this, his relentless pressure was enough to secure victory

Despite this, his relentless pressure was enough to secure victory


Round three was the most dominant of the fight for Dvalishvili but was largely uneventful as Aldo pinned Aldo against the cage and hit him with knees to the thigh until the bell final sounds to end the fight.

Ultimately, that meant Dvalishvili improved his winning streak to seven in a row thanks to ringside judges who scored the fight 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 in his favor.

“Tuesday morning at the American kickboxing academy,” McGregor wrote immediately after the fight on social media in an apparent dig at bitter rival Nurmagomedov.

The 34-year-old insisted he didn’t mean to offend Dvalishvili, but believes officials should do more to ensure the fighters actually fight inside the Octagon.

McGregor had a lot to say about Aldo vs. Dvalishvili

McGregor had a lot to say about Aldo vs. Dvalishvili

The fight reminded him of his bitter rival

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The fight reminded him of his bitter rival

“Leaned in for the win. Referees should separate stale positions more quickly. Especially if it happens repeatedly. Earlier every time,” McGregor added.

“It’s a fight guys! Saying nothing about Mirab, he did what he had to / won the game. The ref would have to split to potentially get a real finish.

The former two-weight champion is currently healing after sustaining a catastrophic leg injury at UFC 264 in July 2021.

McGregor is closing in on a comeback fight which is expected to take place later this year or in the first quarter of 2023.