New featherweight champion Conor McGregor says that Nate Diaz will have to beg him for a bout. So will Rafael Dos Anjos, for that matter. You can bet that this McGregor's smack-talk challenge will be pinned up at both fighters' training camps as they prepare for their McGregor bouts, if they get him. McGregor didn't overtly identify the "them" in his tweet. He just writes "line them up on their knees with their hands out. I want them to beg me." Given the timing it's pretty clear he means Diaz and Dos Anjos. After all, they both called him out, looking for the action and the mighty big paycheck.
McGregor, AKA the Notorious, is just feeding a fire that will produce gold where smoke usually rises. Diaz laid some kindling for him after his big win Saturday, shouting McGregor's name in a profanity-laden tirade whose only SFW passage went like this: "Conor McGregor...You know what's the real fight, what's the real money fight? Me. Not these clowns that you already punked at the press conference." Dos Anjos is no clown though. That's a real fight too, and people will pay to see both. McGregor to lightweight will definitely mean bigger bank up where title holder Dos Anjos waits. A Diaz stop along the way, if successful, could mean two fat fights in a row for the Irishman. He'll never regret saying hands out -- but on their knees?
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Line them up on their knees with their hands out. I want them to beg me. pic.twitter.com/YCYf0QslNR
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 20, 2015