KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV'S manager launched a scathing attack on Conor McGregor branding him a "jealous prostitute" and "fake".
The war of words between Nurmagomedov, 31, and McGregor, also 31, continues to drag on as manager Ali Abdelaziz took exception to The Notorious accusing lightweight champion Khabib of "chickening" out of facing Tony Ferguson next weekend.
Nurmagomedov is unable to travel back from Russia to defend his belt at UFC 249 and Abdelaziz blasted McGregor - who has urged Ireland to remain in lockdown amid the coronavirus - for being hypocritical.
He told TMZ Sports: “It’s crazy because this guy has been telling people to stay home, don’t come outside, he’s donating millions of dollars, which now we know this s*** is all fake.
“You’re telling everybody to stay home, now Khabib – the government of Russia says he can’t travel, you’re going to call him a chicken?"
With Nurmagomedov unable to defend his belt, 36-year-old Ferguson and No4 ranked lightweight Justin Gaethje, 31, will now fight for the interim 155lb title with the winner then unifying against Khabib.
UFC boss Dana White has already promised McGregor - who lost to Nurmagomedov in October 2018 - a rematch with the unbeaten grappler.
But with the two lightweight contenders set to fight and Nurmagomedov then obligated to face the winner, The Notorious is without a recognised next opponent.
Abdelaziz - who also manages Gaethje - insists the Irish southpaw should be no where near a title shot and insisted his career as a top fighter is "done".
He said: “He's not No1, he’s not No2, he’s not N03. It’s Khabib, Justin, Tony.
"He's No4. He’s not even in the conversation right now.
“He’s just like a jealous prostitute, she’s got too old for her to make money.
"He's like Khabib said, he's a prostitute, he knows it's over, his time is done.
"As a fighter he's done, he's not even in the top three. Why even talk?
"Why don’t you even jump on a plane and come fight Tony Ferguson?
"I bet he understands that Tony Ferguson would beat his ass too.
“All those three guys would beat his ass. Justin, Tony and Khabib.”
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Lightweight king Khabib - who also slammed McGregor as an "old prostitute" - returned home to Russia during the crisis but with air travel prohibited, White was forced to find a new opponent for Ferguson.
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