'I sparked him': Conor McGregor rips UFC's 'weird little game'

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Conor McGregor reacts before taking on Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor went on a Twitter rant at the UFC on Friday before deleting his comments criticising No.1 contender Dustin Poirier.

McGregor returned to UFC action at the beginning of the year when he defeated Donald Cerrone, but his tilt to climb back to the top has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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But the Irishman was clearly filthy with the UFC’s view that he was the No.3 contender for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title.

He slammed the idea that Poirier (No.2 contender) was sitting in front of him in the list.

“How is the pea ahead of me in rankings?” he wrote on Twitter - before deleting it - referencing Poirier.

“I sparked him in 90 seconds. Went further against most recent foe, plus took a round. After two year layoff partying and or in jail/court.

“What a weird little game you guys play. I’ll bide my time for now but watch this space. All bums.”

Tony Ferguson (the No.1 contender) is fighting Justin Gaethje (No.4) at UFC 249 this weekend.

McGregor accepts boxing challenge

McGregor, who last fought in January when he TKO’d Cerrone in just 40 seconds, did accept a fight on Thursday.

Unfortunately, it’s a fight that doesn’t exist, against a man who retired a decade ago and has no desire to return to the ring.

Oscar De La Hoya didn’t exactly offer McGregor a real challenge, even though McGregor accepted one. On CBS Sports' "State of Combat" podcast, De La Hoya said that it would take him just two rounds to knock McGregor out in the boxing ring.

"Oh come on, brother. Two rounds,” De La Hoya said. “One thing about me is I went for the kill, always. Look, Conor McGregor - I love him in the Octagon, I respect him, I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story, it's a whole different story."

With Liz Roscher - Yahoo Sport US