McGregor In Shape For UFC 249, Believes Khabib Chickened Out

It was only a matter of time until Conor McGregor shared his thoughts on the current situation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

The “Notorious” one posted on Twitter several messages blasting Khabib for backing out of UFC 249. Khabib returned to Russia due to American gyms being closed due to the coronavirus. He then posted on Instagram that he is quarantining back home due to the fact that Russia is banning travel out of the country. As a result, the fight between him and Ferguson was postponed for a fifth time.

Ferguson fired back in an interview on ESPN, saying that Khabib bailed out of the fight. He also said he should be stripped of his UFC Lightweight Title. It appears that McGregor and Ferguson aren’t so different after all.

McGregor posted the following:

“The fact of this matter is, both Tony and Khabib where engaged in a game of chicken here towards the fight bell. With Khabib chickening out first. Making it 3-2 in pullouts in Tony’s favour. Khab scurried out of the U.S to home, and amid the crisis. Very high risk. Congrats Tony.”

The shot makes sense considering the history between Conor and Khabib. The setup to the fight between the two at UFC 229 started at UFC 223, when Conor threw a dolly at a bus with Khabib in it. The two then engaged in a war of words, with Conor being the main instigator. Khabib then beat Conor in a one-sided affair which saw Khabib attack Conor’s corner afterward.

UFC President Dana White stated a while back that McGregor would most likely be next for the winner of Khabib and Ferguson. There was also a chance McGregor would be a replacement opponent in case something goes wrong. John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach and mentor, recently sent out a few April Fools’ posts, teasing McGregor’s appearance on the April 18th card. McGregor ended up creating another tweet, this time saying how prepared he was for the fight.

“At the beginning of all this, I said to myself – I’m happy I don’t have an official fight booked. If I did, I would have consumed all the incorrect data to support me taking part in the bout, and I would have followed through, competed. And won.”

The timing of McGregor’s posts are interesting, especially the circumstances. McGregor has been active in getting the attention of Irish politicians to take the coronavirus seriously. He is hoping for stay-at-home orders and stricter ways to get people to listen so they are safe. It is unknown if he would even seriously consider fighting, or if he could even enter the United States.

The UFC is still trying to find a replacement to face Tony Ferguson, as well as a location for UFC 249. As of now, Justin Gaethje is the frontrunner to face Ferguson.

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