Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor went on a Twitter tirade Tuesday, taking aim at multiple 155-pounders less than 48 hours after Justin Gaethje knocked out Tony Ferguson in the UFC 249 headliner.
First, he offered another prediction about his nemesis, undefeated current lightweight champ Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov. Before he beat Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a 40-second knockout earlier this year, McGregor accurately forecast that the fifth booking of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson would get cancelled again.
Now he’s implying that Gaethje vs. Nurmagomedov won’t happen, either.
McGregor credited Fergson for his toughness — it was revealed late Sunday that he had sustained an orbital fracture in his loss to Gaethje — but threw criticism at his skills.
The Irishman turned matchmaker next, predicting that Ferguson would meet Dustin Poirier. When both were fighting at featherweight back in 2014, McGregor dusted Poirier by first-round KO at UFC 178.
Poirier, who owns a 9-2 record with one no-contest in 11 fights at lightweight since moving up after his loss to McGregor, fired back with an astute point.
McGregor is 1-1 at 155 pounds, beating Eddie Alvarez to win the belt but losing to Nurmagomedov in another title fight. Poirier has also beaten Alvarez and lost to Nurmagomedov by third-round submission his last time out last summer.
When McGregor was making an ass of himself in multiple shameful incidents in 2018 and 2019, Gaethje and many others called him out for his asinine behavior. Gaethje even mentioned how McGregor’s actions were even more embarrassing since he had kids.
McGregor clearly hasn’t forgotten about it.
Gaethje has the same representation as Nurmagomedov in manager Ali Abdelaziz, who McGregor called a “terrorist snitch” at the UFC 229 press conference 48 hours ahead of his loss to the Dagestan native. Some of Abdelaziz’s sketchy past is revealed in this article from Bloody Elbow.
McGregor then pivoted back to Nurmagomedov.
The champion was quick to retort and — like the rest of us — suspected McGregor was enjoying some Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.
McGregor’s vulgar rant concluded with two quick tweets and an indication that he’d be back in the Octagon this summer, which could mean he competes on Fight Island.
McGregor won’t be fighting Gaethje or Nurmagomedov in July, so who will he share the Octagon with? Well, as he pointed out at his post-fight presser after his win over Cerrone, “What’s up, Nathan? No. 3, it’s always here.”
That’s obviously a reference to Nate Diaz, who beat McGregor by second-round submission at UFC 196 after taking the fight on less than two weeks of notice. McGregor won the rematch by majority decision at UFC 202.
UFC President Dana White shot down that notion at his post-UFC 249 media scrum Saturday night. White said, “I don’t even know if Nate wants to fight.”
Diaz had responded to a McGregor post on social media on Saturday night, “shut ur bitchass up.”
McGregor replied, “Shut your eye lid and sign the contract.”
We shall see…