Conor McGregor’s cryptic tweet suggests comeback after latest retirement
Conor McGregor has hinted at another comeback after posting a cryptic tweet which read simply, "I accept".
The former two-weight UFC world champion retired for a third time in four years last month.
He claimed he was no longer excited by any of the fights on offer having missed out on a clash with Justin Gaethje.
McGregor must now watch from the sidelines as the American challenges 155lb champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
But the Irishman's tweet, which had no context and no follow-up, hints he may be ready to return to the Octagon.
In recent days both Tony Ferguson, who lost to Gaethje in April, and rising star Khamzat Chimaev have called out the Dubliner.
A fight against the latter would make little sense given the high risk but low reward nature of the bout, although the Swede clearly thought McGregor's tweet was aimed at him as he replied: "Beg me".
But a victory over Ferguson could set up another title shot for the Dubliner.
"You want to give me Conor [McGregor], give me Conor,” Ferguson told ESPN. "You want to give me [Dustin] Poirier, we’ll make it happen and then we’ll fight and then we’ll fight the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight.
“They’re both decent fighters,” Ferguson said about McGregor and Poirier. “They’re both good. We’re all elite in the top five for a reason. As far as fights go, if Conor wants to fight, I’m down for that.
"I’d love to fight a southpaw. I do really well, I knocked out Aaron Riley’s jaw on accident. When it comes down to fighting standup, you’ve got to remember when I fought Edson Barboza. It’s a lot different.
"This mix and matching kind of stuff, that if it does happen again, I’m cool, man. I’m already used to it. It doesn’t matter. Opponent switches, COVID, anything else wants to pop up, let’s go, we’re used to it now.
"I would love to compete against Khabib, Poirier, McGregor. Those are the three right there. Why? Talent-wise, that’s why.
"Not because of any other ways or means, because of the talent and the athletic respect that I have for their talent that they have in this sport."
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