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Khabib Nurmagomedov has congratulated Dustin Poirier for beating his long-time foe Conor McGregor.
The highly-anticipated trilogy clash ended abruptly at the end of the first-round after the Irishman suffered an apparent broken ankle after an awkward fall.
Khabi, who recently retired from the UFC, also recorded a win over McGregor after an ugly feud between the pair.
And the Dagestan fighter was quick to congratulate Poirier following his UFC 264 victory, with a thinly-veiled dig at the Irishman on Twitter.
"Good always defeats evil. Very happy for @DustinPoirier I hope you will get the belt end of the year," he wrote.
However, Khabib's prediction for the fight didn't go to plan.
Speaking in the build-up to the bout, the former UFC lightweight champion admitted he felt McGregor had a chance in the opening round.
But Khabib thought Poirier would secure a win if the fight continued beyond the first five minutes.
“Once again, same thing here — the first round is for Conor, he can take it,” Nurmagomedov said when asked for his prediction.
“If he doesn’t [win in the first round], then Dustin [Poirier] wins.”
McGregor was furious with how the contest ended in Las Vegas, taking yet more shots at Poirier as he lay slumped against the Octagon wall.
“I was boxing the bleeding head off him, kicking the bleeding leg off him," he told commentator Joe Rogan.
"This is not over. If I have to take him outside…
"Your wife is in my DMs, hey baby, hit me back up I'll chat to you later on, I'll be at the after party; The Wynn night club."
McGregor and Poirier are expected to fight for a fourth time after the unfortunate end to the trilogy.
“The fight didn’t get finished,” Dana White told reporters post-fight at UFC 264.
“You can’t have a fight finish that way. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out.
"Who knows how long Conor’s out, so Poirier will do his thing until Conor’s ready.”
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Conor Mcgregor
- Dana White
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