Conor McGregor Says He’ll Fight Makhachev, Calls Striking Against Green “Pitiful”

Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference
Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Conor McGregor is still on the mend from the broken leg suffered in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to line up future fights.

On Friday, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion took aim at Dagestan’s Islam Makhachev, a training partner and pupil of McGregor’s old foe Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite not having won a fight himself since January of 2020, McGregor (22-6) was quick to single out what he felt was an “embarrassing” showing from Makhachev.

“I’ll fight that sh*t stain makchavich (sic), no sweat. Embarrassing g’n’p the other night imo. Pitiful punching. And then bottles the rda fight after mouthing of (sic) him lol,” McGregor wrote on social media. “Embarrassing. Watch when I come back. Same as before. Anyone. Any weight. Anywhere. Game full of sh*t stains.”

Continuing in a second post, the Irish fighter added “Full mount g’n’p and the guy bounces up not a scratch, huggin and kissin. Talkin bout thanks for the match etc. If that’s me there’s holes left in their head like they been smacked with a sock full of golf balls. Don’t even know where they are. Caramel butter skin strikes again!”

Makhachev wound up finishing short-notice replacement Bobby Green within a round in the main event of UFC Vegas 49, extending his win streak to ten. Although it was anticipated that the win might earn him a title shot, the 30-year old then threw his name in the hat as a replacement opponent for Rafael Fiziev against Rafael dos Anjos this weekend at UFC 272. Only to then, apparently, withdraw the offer — leading to UFC President Dana White stating that it will be Beneil Dariush next for Makhachev.

Would the UFC make the McGregor fight instead? Of late, White has been talking McGregor-Diaz 3 again. There remains, however, no set timetable for Conor McGregor’s return.