UFC president Dana White has taken a potshot at recently retired superstar Conor McGregor, claiming the Irish fighter ducked a chance to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 last month.
McGregor announced his latest retirement from the sport on Sunday night, following vows he would retire in 2016 and 2019.
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Claiming there was nothing about the UFC ‘that excites me’, McGregor said he was tired of having to wait around for fights.
“The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor told ESPN.
“All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening. I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute.
“There’s nothing that’s exciting me.”
Nevertheless, a highly sought-after rematch between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated the Irishman in an infamous 2018 bout which ended in an all-out brawl beside the arena, remains a massive draw for McGregor.
But with complications arising from the global coronavirus pandemic, as well as the generally chaotic UFC schedule, little movement has been made towards such a showdown.
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While McGregor may still harbour ambitions of fighting Nurmagomedov, White accused the Irishman of skipping out on a potential bout against Ferguson when the Dagastani pulled out of UFC 249 in May.
“He (Gaethje) just beat Tony Ferguson. Conor had the opportunity to slide into that spot if Khabib or Tony fell out,” White told ESPN.
“He came back and said, ‘I’m not a replacement fighter, I’m not going to do it’.
“He would be in that position now if he took the fight. He didn’t, Gaethje did so Gaethje gets it.”
For his part, McGregor questioned why so many fights had been delayed.
“They want to throw me up and down weights and offer me stupid fights. I don’t really give a f***. I’m over it,” McGregor said.
“They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing (Nurmagomedov-Gaethje) back to September?
“You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen.”