Conor McGregor has caused an uproar on social media by going after pint-sized internet sensation Hasbulla Magomedov.
In a series of now-deleted tweets, the UFC star went after the 99cm-tall Russian prankster who is currently on tour in Australia.
McGregor tweeted: ‘I’d love to boot that little gimp Hasbulla over a goal post.’
‘How much to get him on the volley?’
‘I’m gonna make it my mission to score a 3 pointer with him one day, hon the gaa.’
And the former dual-division UFC champion got really nasty when he tweeted:
‘Little smelly inbred.’
‘Hon the gaa’ is a reference to Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association, which promotes games including Gaelic football – the sport McGregor referred to when he said he wanted to kick Magomedov.
Hasbulla wasted no time in hitting back at the Irishman.
‘I don’t follow bums… didn’t know someone was running their mouth,’ Hasbulla tweeted.
He followed up with: ‘At least one of us kept an undefeated record. Hasbulla 1. McGregor 0.’
When Aussie UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski saw McGregor’s attack on Hasbulla – who he filmed a video with on Wednesday – he issued a stern warning to the Irishman: ‘You’ll have to go through me first, Leave my mate alone @TheNotoriousMMA.’
Hasbulla, who is good friends with McGregor’s longtime heated rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, has taunted the Irishman in the past.
In footage that Hasbulla posted online in early August, he filmed his new pet chicken, saying: ‘This is my chicken named Conor McGregor. There’s my beauty.’
Nurmagomedov directed the very same insult at McGregor during their rivalry, with the nickname considered a particularly bad slur in Russia.
McGregor’s Russian teammate Artem Lobov explained at the time: ‘If you call someone a chicken in Russia, that is a person that gets raped in prison – in male prison.
‘That’s what a chicken is in Russia. And Khabib knows that, and everybody knows that. It is a very, very, severe insult.’
Hasbulla shot to fame in late 2020 when he began posting videos on Instagram and TikTok of himself performing daring stunts and pranks.
With his unique appearance and confident attitude, he soon amassed a huge online following including 2.1 million followers on Instagram and 4.7 billion views on TikTok.
He was born with growth hormone deficiency, a condition known as dwarfism, causing him to have an abnormally short stature with normal body proportions.