Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson Exchange Verbal Jabs on ‘El Cucuy’s’ Birthday

Published 02/13/2021, 5:49 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC’s lightweight star, Conor McGregor, came out and wished Tony Ferguson for his birthday in a rather underhanded manner. McGregor, who pledged to bring back ‘Notorious’ in a massive way, seems to have decided Ferguson’s birthday was the right time. The two have had an interesting relationship over the years, given their place in the division.

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Both men have traded both positive sentiments and thrown shots at each other over Twitter for a meaningful period Not to mention, McGregor and Ferguson both hailed out of Paradigm Sports Management until ‘El Cucuy’ walked away. Chiefly, this was yet another reason for a contentious buildup between the two elite athletes.

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Tony Ferguson didn’t waste much time to respond to ‘The Notorious’ in a way only he could. Ferguson has built somewhat of a community around his social media antics, and he took notice of McGregor’s comments.

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It seems as though a fight between Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor is highly likely, especially if McGregor loses a certain immediate rematch. The Irishman is supposedly in training for a trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier, who beat him at UFC 257. ‘The Diamond’ became the first man to TKO McGregor in MMA and Conor wants to run it back.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, it’s unclear whether Khabib Nurmagomedov relinquishes the belt and leaves the division up for grabs. In such a situation, Dustin Poirier will be the frontman to scrap for the vacant title, potentially against Charles Oliveira. This will leave McGregor out in the cold, and he’ll likely end up fighting Tony Ferguson.

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‘El Cucuy’ would accept a fight with Conor McGregor without hesitation, considering he’s on a two-fight skid. His next fight will probably be one of the most critical of his career, and he can’t afford a blowout loss. Ferguson has been thoroughly dominated by Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira in his last two outings and needs a statement win.

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The former interim champion in Ferguson has a history with McGregor and the fight makes sense from a rankings perspective. However, one would imagine that the bout isn’t very favorable towards Ferguson when considering the stylistic elements coming in. Tony Ferguson is always up for the challenge though and will most certainly show up with a comprehensive game plan.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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