Conor McGregor responds to Ferguson blaming Khabib for UFC fight cancellation

Conor McGregor has congratulated Tony Ferguson in taking the lead in his ‘pull-out’ race with Khabib Nurmagomedov after the UFC showdown was cancelled.

It is the fifth time a scheduled fight between the lightweight rivals has been called off, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the UFC to cancel UFC 249 this month.

Ferguson has blamed lightweight champion Nurmagomedov for the fight being cancelled after the Russian left the US to travel home amid the worsening health crisis in America.

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McGregor appeared to agree with Ferguson’s take and said he was ‘in shape to fight right now’ after his rival called for the Irishman to step to replace Nurmagomedov.

But the two-weight champion also said he was pleased he didn’t have a fight booked.

‘I am in shape to fight right now,’ McGregor said on Twitter.

‘At the beginning of all this, I said to myself I’m happy I don’t have an official fight booked.

White has faced intense criticism for insisting Nurmagomedov-Ferguson would go ahead regardless of the crisis in America.

After blaming Nurmagomedov for the bout being cancelled, Ferguson said he was still open to fighting this month,

He said: ‘I’m a hitman. Khabib and Conor running around with their tails between their legs like a f*cking dog. I run with the dog’s man, and these guys ain’t dog.

‘They’re a bunch of p*ssies. Khabib’s a b*tch. I told him I was gonna mop the f*cking floor with his hat, the dude jammed out.

‘Whether or not it’s Khabib, whether or not it’s Conor, I’m all for just whooping somebody’s ass.

‘I already beat the top five in the round-robin, and now they want me to reset and give me another top five? I don’t f*cking think so. I’m the champion already.’

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