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
The fans make the sport!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
Watching the other night I was against going in without them. But it will be my fucking pleasure to display the power I possess with zero background noise for them.
Its me and Justin next as khabib is the biggest bottle fighter in the game.
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.”
I love Tony. We represented him amazingly at Paradigm sports and were betrayed for a promise of a baseball contract. But frame and preparation here was just embarrassing. His methods and conversation are humorous/enjoyable but he was never the level perceived. Although tough.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
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.
It is Dustin/Tony next when Tony heals.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
If he does. Dustin will beat him also if changes are not made. Which they won’t. Dustin, although game, and in the mix, will be fed to the floor again. Couple wins here/there then folded in half. Rinse and repeat - Dustin career.
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.”
Justin, there is no danger in a man that hugs legs, we all know. Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
I am going to fucking butcher you.
Your teeth. I’m going to put them on a fucking necklace.
Speak on my skills as a father?
You are fucking 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.
Khabib you absolute embarrassment. Scurrying, hiding rat as usual. As I have said many times. As has been seen many times. Through the pane of glass it was confirmed what was always known.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
“No comment” lol.
An embarrassment to real fighting.
Finally, McGregor laid waste to it all and said this was only the beginning. The welterweight division is up next.
After this division demolition job.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
It is 170lbs.
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.
Justin Gaethje's manager Ali Abdelaziz on Conor McGregor calling to fight Justin: "He had his chance for that, and he picked Cowboy [in January]. He picked the easier fight. The two kings of the division are going to fight in Khabib and Justin. Conor can be the co-main event."— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 11, 2020
He said McGregor could be the co-main event, which could prompt more from McGregor soon.