After five canceled fight cards in two months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), UFC 249: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje made its triumphant return on May 9.
Along with scouting his next opponent, Conor McGregor watched UFC 249 to see what safety measures the organization implemented during the coronavirus.
Before UFC 249 began in Jacksonville, FL, McGregor wished everyone involved well and president Dana White then posted his message on Instagram shortly after.
Prior to the co and main event, Nate Diaz posted a message to McGregor on White’s Instagram post, according to Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting:
It all started when White posted a quote from the former two-division UFC champion wishing success to McGregor’s fellow fighters at Saturday’s show in Jacksonville, Fla. Diaz took to the comment section to deliver a message to the Irishman: “Shut ur b*tchass up.”
McGregor was quick to reply, telling Diaz to “shut your eye lid and sign the contract.”
After the first fight card in two months that saw Henry Cejudo retire and Gaethje become the interim lightweight champion, White downplayed the exchange:
“No,” White said. “I mean, they don’t like each other, but, no, there’s nothing going on. I mean, Conor wants to fight, I don’t even know if Nate wants to fight. I think they are just talking s*it to each other.”
With Gaethje upsetting Ferguson and expected to unify the belts with Khabib Nurmagomedov next, McGregor could fight the latter or even Diaz now.
While McGregor is open to fighting without fans now, White recently stated the UFC would take a major financial hit ($15-18 million gate) if he did in these times.
Although McGregor has wanted a rematch against Nurmagomedov which would be the biggest pay-per-view of all time, the consensus is he needs another win.
If McGregor is focused on the lightweight division, Dustin Poirier is another option. If not, the Diaz trilogy or Jorge Masvidal at welterweight would be just as big.