Earlier this week, McGregor went on a Twitter rant, reacting to the new lightweight landscape following UFC 249, and Justin Gaethje’s interim title winning performance over Tony Ferguson. Among McGregor’s comments was a criticism of both Ferguson’s performance and his overall skill in general.
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 is one of the most successful fighters in UFC lightweight history, sporting a 15-2 record in the UFC and having claimed interim title gold in 2017. He was supposed to face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 but the coronavirus intervened, and instead his fought Gaethje. That gamble did not pay off for Ferguson as Gaethje now has earned the title fight but it may still yield dividends for “El Cucuy” as McGregor now seems interested in a possible bout with him. And if that’s the case, Ferguson is already laying the groundwork for a battle, responding to McGregor’s Tweet yesterday.
@TheNotoriousMMA You’re Still My Bitch. You Never Represented Me According To Audie,.. If So Then You Worked For Me, & Withheld Money From Me. Focus On Putting The Bottle Down Kid. @BallengeeGroup Is Gold Standard, Must Be Hard Watching From The Sidelines. Keep It Up Chump -Champ pic.twitter.com/1nZT5eN1OZ— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) May 13, 2020
Never one to let anyone have the last word, McGregor responded to Ferguson, again mocking his performance from Saturday and the beating that Ferguson suffered at the hands of Gaethje.
Shut up and thank the nurses and doctors that plated back up your skull and stitched all those gashes up.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 13, 2020
It’s international nurses day!
And learn how to box!
Fumbling over your feet like a fucking Buffoon. We’d be embarrassed to represent that at Paradigm Sports.
At two of the top lightweights in the sport, Ferguson and McGregor have had a simmering rivalry for some years now, however it has never truly boiled over, in part because their rivalry has paled in comparison to both men’s rivalry with current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But with Nurmagomedov locked in on a future title unification bout with Justin Gaethje, now may be the perfect time to let two of the most unique fighters in the UFC finally air it all out.
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Salaries. Tony Ferguson earns $500,000 payday to lead all salaries at UFC 249.
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Super excited for the LW Title bout in July!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 12, 2020
It’s my fault, over the last decade Ive spoiled the fight fans. Dominated Anthony for 25 minutes and that wasn’t exciting. Went back and forth with Tiago and Dominick for 25 minutes and that wasn’t exciting. Now Victory isn’t enough, if I’m not finishing I can’t be the best.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 12, 2020
I’d love to have an exhibition fight at the catchweight of 220lbs before moving up to heavyweight. Who wants to take that L?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 12, 2020
I’d love to fight him again. I’m just waiting for the UFC to make the reward worth the risk. Unless the organization treat it like a super fight, I might as well stay on schedule fighting the next guy in line https://t.co/gBKBsGnrIk— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 12, 2020
DC throwing just a touch of shade at Stipe.
When I head home I’ll have a home gym in place. Full wrestling and grappling mat, cage door, 4 bikes , treadmill, 2 heavy bags and ground and pound dummy. I’m so excited about having all this available for camp. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. #andnewagain pic.twitter.com/sRQj9qb91h— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 12, 2020
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After another dominant performance, @henry_cejudo retired at #UFC249. This leaves the Bantamweight title vacant with a lot of potential contenders. Before my surgery, I asked to fight @petr_yan to decide who should be the next title challenger. • The fans all wanted to see the fight and I even decided to make Yan my Twitter pen pal. Now here we are again, with a vacant title on the line! If you check the @UFC rankings, I’m #2 and Yan is #3. THIS IS THE FIGHT THE FANS WANT! • After I fought Pedro, @danawhite said that I would’ve been a superstar if I always fought like that night. Well Uncle Dana, I think it’s bout time Jamaica got its first @UFC Champion! Welcome back to the Funk Show! ☝ • #FunkGotNext #BeGreat #TheWeeklyScraps! #TheComeBack #FunkBandits #DreamChaser #ESPN #MMA #UFC #Lifestyle #Dedication #Fitness #LongIsland #NY #LI #FitLife #Quarantine #Wrestling #BJJ #DutchDrills #LongIsland #Jamaica
Masvidal is training with Bo Nickal.
Jorge Masvidal and wrestling standout Bo Nickal seen training together on their manager Malki Kawa’s IG. One wonders why Masvidal would bring in a high-level wrestler to train? https://t.co/cbvd8AUX5D pic.twitter.com/Cw1J1ftSG7— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 12, 2020
Henry’s new hustle.
Sam Alvey broke his hand before the fight with Spann.
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So it’s official... I Re-broke my damned hand April 24th, 3 weeks before the fight. @alexzandre_thompson head is now 1-0 against my left . . . #ufc #mma #boxing #bjj #muaythai #jiujitsu #kickboxing #fitness #fight #wrestling #martialarts #bellator #conormcgregor #fighter #karate #training #gym #mixedmartialarts #mmafighter #khabibnurmagomedov #grappling #sport #judo #ufcfightnight #brazilianjiujitsu #champion #motivation #wwe #khabib #bhfyp
Cool fact. The last time @lionheartasmith and I were all the same card. We were 17 years old in Omaha Nebraska. Its gonna be great fighting alongside another fellow Nebraskan. We've come along way— Drew Dober (@DrewDober) May 12, 2020
Bisping getting tested.
Tony vs. Conor would be one hell of a fight. I hope we get to see that one.
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