Conor McGregor called out after Justin Gaethje lands UFC 249 clash with Tony Ferguson
Conor McGregor has been called out by Dustin Poirier following the reshuffling of the UFC 249 card. The promotion’s fourth pay-per-view event of the year, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday week, was set to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
The pair’s long-awaited meeting, however, fell through last week when Russia introduced a blanket travel ban to curb the spread of the coronavirus – which left Nurmagomedov trapped in his homeland.
The UFC moved quickly to replace ‘The Eagle’, drafting in former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje to challenge Ferguson for the interim 155lbs title.
Gaethje landing the fight with Ferguson has seemingly put paid to plans for him to face McGregor in the summer.
In late February, it emerged that preliminary talks for ‘The Highlight’ to be the second opponent of the former two-division champion’s 2020 ‘season’ had taken place.
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Me and Conor at 170 then?
Dustin Poirier on Twitter
A July showdown was understood to be in the works, although Gaethje’s accepting of a short-notice fight with Ferguson has seemingly laid waste to those plans.
Given the current landscapes of the lightweight and welterweight divisions, McGregor doesn’t many options available to him if he indeed wants to fight this summer.
Along with fan favourite Nate Diaz, former interim lightweight champion Poirier is one of most viable options for McGregor’s next fight.
And ‘The Diamond’ called for a rematch with the UFC’s poster boy shortly after the announcement of Ferguson vs Gaethje.
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He tweeted: “Me and Conor at 170 then?”
Poirier began his campaign to rematch with McGregor, whom he lost to at UFC 178 in September 2014, a few days after his submission loss to Nurmagomedov last September.
That callout elicited a fierce response from ‘The Notorious’, who tweeted: “I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro.
“You should have spoke [sic] my name with a bit more respect in that build up.
“‘McGregor’s not next’ Motherf***er, it’s McGregor always! McGregor is the goal! Always! Say that now and I’ll think about it.”
McGregor, 31, made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he locked horns with Donald Cerrone.
The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion made light work of ‘Cowboy’, demolishing him in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in nearly three years.
Ireland’s McGregor is hoping to return his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings this year.
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