Conor McGregor didn’t compete Saturday night at UFC 222, but he sure was busy on social media over the weekend, taking aim at two potential opponents on Twitter.
McGregor first went after Max Holloway on Sunday night after the latter posted a heartfelt message to Frankie Edgar. Holloway was supposed to face Edgar at UFC 222 before pulling out of the fight with a leg injury, opening the door for Brian Ortega to step in and knock out Edgar.
Here’s the exchange, which came less than 24 hours after McGregor sent his own heartfelt message to Edgar, who’s well-respected across UFC:
It should be noted that McGregor claimed in a recent Instagram post that he offered to step in and fight Edgar but was denied by UFC because there wasn’t enough time to generate the money necessary to justify the new bout. McGregor, after all, is UFC’s biggest star.
Next in McGregor’s crosshairs Sunday night was Tony Ferguson, who had tagged The Notorious in a tweet featuring an awkward training video. Here’s the exchange, which contains some strong language from Ferguson:
So, why are these Twitter spats significant?
Well, maybe they’re not. McGregor is very outspoken — both verbally and on social media — so it should come as no surprise that he took a couple of shots at two fellow UFC stars, especially with everyone wondering when he’ll return to the octagon for the first time since defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.
Then again, Holloway and Ferguson both are potential McGregor opponents, as the former is the current featherweight champion and the latter is scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on April 7 to determine the lightweight champion.
McGregor, of course, was the featherweight champion when he defeated Alvarez for lightweight title, making him a two-division champion. But he since has relinquished both titles — although he hasn’t officially been stripped of the lightweight championship — and there are plenty of questions about his future after his most recent fight endeavor, a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017.
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