UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev has labelled Conor McGregor "a chicken" after the Irishman appeared to taunt the Chechen-born fighter over the lip scar he bears.
Chimaev has become a star in the space of less than two weeks thanks to a pair of dominant victories on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi which set the record for the fastest-ever turnaround between wins in modern-era UFC history.
The newfound fame however appears to have come to the attention of 'Notorious' Irishman Conor McGregor, who despite supposedly being retired from combat sports has continued to engage in online sparring with active UFC combatants.
As thoughts have turned to what might be next for the Chimaev – who has been branded 'Khabib 2.0' in some quarters due to the grappling strengths similar to those of the undefeated UFC lightweight champion – McGregor was seen commenting on a UFC Instagram post about the Chechen fighter, dragging up the 'rat' insult he has previously applied to Dagestani rival Khabib.
"Rat lip," goaded the Irishman in a comment on Chimaev which has since been deleted, but not before eagle-eyed social media users managed to screenshot it.
Chimaev appears to have got wind of the jibe, taking to his own Instagram account with an image of himself submitting Welshman Jon Phillips in his UFC debut on Fight Island, which visually bore similarities to the way Khabib choked out McGregor in their grudge match in Las Vegas in October 2018.
Tagging the former two-weight champ, Chimaev added a 'chicken' and 'silent' emoji to convey his contempt of the Irishman.
He then added a message on Twitter appearing to call on UFC boss Dana White to let him fight McGregor as a 'dessert' following his two-course meal of recent octagon outings.
"@TheNotoriousMMA Tab machine king chicken heart @danawhite i’m hungry give me dessert," Chimaev wrote.
Conor loves to fight, but he'll just have to stick to social media to do so.
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