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Conor McGregor Suspects Islam Makhachev Has Staph Ahead of UFC 302

A photo of Islam Makhachev from his UFC 302 pre-fight photo shoot was enough to send Conor McGregor into a panic about hygiene.

McGregor, who is not a doctor, believes he diagnosed a staph infection on Makhachev’s left shin and attacked the UFC lightweight champion and his team for their cleanliness. In the photo McGregor quoted on Twitter, a dark, circular spot is visible on Makahchev’s leg, which was enough for McGregor to make his diagnosis.

It wasn’t all bashing from McGregor, though, as he added a prediction that Makhachev will still win the UFC 302 main event title fight in the opening round against Dustin Poirier.

“Staph again,” McGregor further wrote X. “However, this inbreeding is alive and well with Staph. This team is infected, make no mistake. Scrub balls. Whatever takes your fancy, I guess. He still replaces Dustin in the first.”

McGregor added a second message:

“You are absolute You dirty bastards, I’m tired of you. Wash your damn self! Wash your clothes! Wash your mats! And do it every fucking day, you dirty bastards.

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) is just days away from a scheduled title defense in the UFC 302 main event against Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ (ESPN+ pay-per-view). The blemish visible in the current photo was not present in a similar photo during UFC 294 fight week, when Makhachev made his second title defense against Alexander Volkanovski.

If McGregor’s speculation is indeed correct, it will be the second time in a row that Poirier has faced an opponent with the infection; Benoit Saint-Denis had staph on his forehead when they competed at UFC 299 in March. Saint-Denis was prescribed antibiotics, which he said affected his performance in the second-round loss to Poirier.

Makhachev’s team has not responded to a request for clarification from MMA Junkie nor responded to McGregor’s claim at the time of writing.

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