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Conor McGregor warns Tony Ferguson – Then deletes tweet!

"...when I get you, kid"

With the state of future UFC bouts being uncertain to say the least, the return of certain UFC fighters is unsure. However that didn’t stop former UFC double champion Conor McGregor from sending #1-ranked Tony Ferguson a bizarre warning of sorts.

Ferguson is currently preparing for his interim lightweight title bout with Justin Gaethje on May 9th. He made a post on Twitter showing he had made weight for his planned title bout at UFC 249 which fell through after that the event was cancelled. McGregor then posted a somewhat puzzling warning aimed at Ferguson – Which he later deleted.

“Hahahajaj. You will be bet to the absolute nucleus pulposus when I get you, kid.”

While unquestionably some sort of warning or challenge, the core meaning is unclear. It has been speculated that McGregor meant to write “beat” instead of “bet”, while the nucleus pulposus is part of the vertebral column of the spine.


McGregor and Ferguson and have gone back and forth, challenging and antagonising one another for many years. McGregor’s coach even hinted at a potential bout between the two, though this ended up never materialising.

If all goes as planned, Ferguson will face Gaethje at the yet-unnamed UFC event on May 9th. This will be Ferguson’s second chance at capturing an interim UFC title. He defeated Kevin Lee via submission at UFC 216, winning the interim lightweight title, which he was later stripped of due to injury. Gaethje is currently riding a three fight winning streak, with all wins coming via T/KO.

As of now a meeting between McGregor and Ferguson seems unlikely, though with the current pandemic affecting all aspects of life, it’s foolish to rule out.

After the now deleted warning was sent – Do you want to see Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson?

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