Conor McGregor has taken aim at several UFC rivals in a series of explosive social media posts.
McGregor decided to vent his feelings on Twitter after hitting send on seven posts that opined on UFC 249 without fans, the results in the lightweight division and his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, among other things.
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McGregor went of a few tangents but confirmed that he’s ready to make a return to the octagon even if fans aren’t able to attend - insisting he wants a crack at interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
Gaethje earned a comprehensive victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, with Ferguson nursing an orbital fracture when the bout was finally called in the fifth round.
McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) kicked off his social media rant by changing his tune on fighting without fans, calling it “my f---ing pleasure to display the power I possess with zero background noise for them.”
Warning: The following tweets contain obscene language
McGregor initially praised Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) but quickly went on the attack, describing his “frame and preparation ... embarrassing.”
Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak was snapped and McGregor called out the credit he got for it by saying he was “never the level perceived.”
Ferguson took repeated blows to the face. According to UFC, Gaethje landed 100 of his 143 significant strikes to the head.
McGregor questioned if he would heal and lined up Dustin Poirier (28-5 MMA, 17-5 UFC) as his next competitor.
He also took down Poirier, saying he would “be fed to the floor again” and called his career a “rinse and repeat” of wins and folding.
McGregor makes violent threat towards Gaethje
Then it was back to Gaethje, who has talked about wanting to fight McGregor before.
He’s also publicly taken issue with McGregor’s incidents outside of the arena.
McGregor went in on this one, saying he would “f ---ing butcher” Gaethje and string his teeth on a necklace.
“You are f---ing dead.”
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a McGregor rant without a shot at Nurmagomedov, with whom he has even more of a heated history.
Finally, McGregor laid waste to it all and said this was only the beginning. The welterweight division is up next.
Gaethje’s manager says no to McGregor fight
Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz responded to the tweets with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. He said the next fight would be Nurmagomedov and Gaethje.
He said McGregor could be the co-main event, which could prompt more from McGregor soon.