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Midnight Mania! McGregor willing to fight either Pettis or Ferguson at UFC 229 if Khabib pulls out

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Conor McGregor covered a lot of thoughtful ground in an interview with one of MMA media’s many talented Andrews, Andrew McGahon. Thoughtful McGregor is the best McGregor, and he had a lot to say, including the revelation that he would be willing to fight either Pretty Tony Pettis or Crazy Tony Ferguson if the need arises- but he didn’t start out with that willingness.

Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“I’ve already been mapping out what I want to do next,” McGregor told The Mac Life.

“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’. No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.”

McGregor had a change of heart once he got to Vegas and mentally got into the full swing of fight camp. McGregor and his camp have previously indicated that Khabib’s history of injury and weight cutting trouble is a potential problem waiting to happen.

‘The Notorious’ also gave some indication of his future plans, which could vary a lot depending on whether he decides to defend his belt or go outside the box and fight Anderson Silva, or box Mayweather again (Click here to see my reaction if that happens).

“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those,” he said.

“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.

We will see what happens indeed.


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When in doubt repeat what’s working:


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