Conor McGregor was very interested in the outcome of UFC 249, which went down inside Vystar Veteran Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., this past weekend (Sat., May 9, 2020). Not only because he wanted to see how UFC would provide fighter safety to all combatants for COVID-19, but because the outcome of the pay-per-view (PPV) main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje could determine his own next move.
After Gaethje dominated “El Cucuy” for 4.5 rounds en route to scoring a technical knockout win and the interim Lightweight title (see it), “Highlight” secured himself a title unification bout against division champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, later this year. Just a few days removed from the event, McGregor unloaded on social media in an expletive-filled Twitter rant, targeting Ferguson and Gaethje, as well as Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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.
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
McGregor then put his UFC matchmaker hat on, predicting that Ferguson and Poirier would face off against each other next, all while clowning on “The Diamond’s” mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
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.
From there, “Notorious” decided to attack Gaethje for wanting to go straight to the title shot he earned against Khabib and avoiding the real threat that is the former UFC “champ-champ.” Furthermore, McGregor took the time to address the comments (read them) that “Highlight” comments made more than eight months ago slamming Conor’s parental and marital skills.
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.
Don’t ever say you represent the great nation of the United States of America ever again. No true American would speak so highly of, or allow, a convicted member of a Jihadi terror cell represent them.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 11, 2020
You are a fucking blind fool, and I am going to finish the job.
Finally, he then turned his attention to Nurmagomedov, blasting him for his “no comment” tweet in regard to the outcome of the interim title fight between Ferguson and Gaethje.
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.
Conveniently enough, “Notorious” didn’t mention Khabib’s follow up assessment of Gaethje’s performance in which “The Eagle” not only commended “Highlight” for his win, but also recognized the tough challenge that lays ahead of him. He also forgot to mention Khabib praising Ferguson while somewhat trying to bury the hatchet.
McGregor’s final tweet stated that once he demolished the 155-pound weight class, he’d go up to Welterweight to take care of business there, too, which means potential fights against Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz will have to be put on the backburner for awhile.
Still, McGregor’s next move is unclear at the moment, as he could very well continue to sit until Khabib and Gaethje take care of their business. And since “Notorious” already secured himself a win earlier this year at UFC 246, it’s highly-likely Dana White and Co. will give McGregor the next title shot.