UFC stars Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov told they have to retire

Tony Ferguson has once again taken aim at Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, this time telling his UFC rivals to retire.

Nurmagomedov was booked to fight Ferguson at UFC 249 last month, but was forced to pull out of the bout due to the coronavirus pandemic in Russia.

Remarkably, it is the fifth time a match-up between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson has had to be cancelled and Justin Gaethje has stepped up to fight ‘El Cucuy’ this weekend in Florida.

With Ferguson posed to headline the UFC’s return since the coronavirus pandemic, the American slammed the lightweight champion and McGregor.

‘F*** Khabib, I’m defending my belt for the third time,’ Ferguson said, with his clash with Gaethje for the interim title. 

‘This is for the real belt, not an interim title. This is for the real championship.

‘I told Khabib he needs to step down and walk away, Khabib is a b****.

‘Him and McNuggets [McGregor], they both need to retire. The only two real men out there are me and Justin Gaethje.’

The UFC did try to move UFC 249, which was originally scheduled for New York, to California before state officials stepped in to stop the event from taking place on tribal land.

Florida has more relaxed Covid-19 restrictions in place and the UFC have the backing of the state to hold the fight night on Saturday.

Ferguson posted a video of his coronavirus test and after the lightweight cut weight for the April fight night despite the cancellation, Gaethje heaped praise on his ‘crazy’ opponent.

‘I’ve been a fan of Tony for a long time. He loves when people call him crazy, it turns him on,’ Gaethje told Dan Hardy for BT Sports.

‘But he’s a certain kind of crazy that you have to step in the octagon and be comfortable.

‘I believe I’m just as crazy as him in that regard.’

There are a host of fascinating fights on the card in Florida, with former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz making his return from a 40-month hiatus against two-weight belt holder Henry Cejudo.

Francis Ngannou, Donald Cerrone, Jeremy Stephens, Michelle Waterson and Anthony Pettis are also set to fight.

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