Conor McGregor seems to have confirmed his intention to fight UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in a one word tweet taunting ‘El Cucuy’.
The post, which he also shared on Instagram, contains only one word, ‘Tony’ and included a picture of Conor as a Grand Theft Auto-style character driving a speedboat while holding a gun.
Since his knock out loss to Floyd Mayweather back in August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, speculation has been rife about McGregor fighting Ferguson and this tweet seems to confirm it.
A tweet from McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, added further fuel to the fire when he tweeted ‘Here we go…’ along with a link to Conor’s original tweet.
President of the UFC, Dana White, has also indicated a Ferguson/McGregor match up makes the most ‘sense’ following Ferguson’s victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216, which saw him win the Interim Lightweight Championship.
Ferguson’s been vocal about taking on the champion as well telling MMAjunkie Radio this week how Conor needs to defend his title.
What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate. That dude’s got like less than a month.
I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more then ready for December.
He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it.
Should the fight happen it’ll most likely take place at UFC 219 on December 30, 2017.
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Fans seem pretty keen for the fight, taking to Twitter to express their delight:
Tony Ferguson seeing this tweet ? pic.twitter.com/Z8IQZOblqv
— Scott Swain (@ScottSwain1983) October 13, 2017
Grant Theft Auto 6 : Dublin
— Røss (@LFCCeltics) October 13, 2017
Lol, he ain't gonna fight him. 100% does Diaz 3 then retires
— Manny (@gulag1930_3) October 13, 2017
Yaaaaaas ?? coming for Ferguson
— Ali (@amurph195) October 13, 2017
Of course it’s worth pointing out the word ‘Tony’ and the whole tweet could just be a reference to Tony Montana from Scarface but let’s be honest, it’s not what we want is it?
There’s still plenty of speculation as to exactly what Conor will do next but one thing we know for sure is, he won’t be doing any fighting in the WWE.
There had been rumours the Notorious was going to move into wrestling but Dana White put those to bed on the Good Day New York show, saying they weren’t true.
He went on to show the host a text conversation between himself and Vince McMahon where they admitted it sounded like a good idea but it wouldn’t be happening any time soon.
There are also rumours Nate Diaz may be the frontrunner for McGregor’s UFC comeback fight, which will likely be in early 2018 but with McGregor it’s difficult to predict what he’ll do next!
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.