Conor McGregor's top two lightweight contenders engage in Twitter battle

Khabib Nurmagomedev and Tony Ferguson have previously been scheduled to fight twice

BY Simon Maguire 14:13 Tuesday 13 December 2016, 14:13 13 Dec 2016

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The two main contenders to Conor McGregor's lightweight title have been engaging in a Twitter battle, with the UFC likely to pit the pair against one another in the New Year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson traded barbs in social media spat, with the number one contender position in the lightweight division up for grabs.

Both fighters have legitimate claims to get the next shot at the Dubliner, but since he is likely to be out of action until the end of next summer, a bout between the pair would allow the true number one contender to emerge.

Ferguson is currently ranked number two in the division and is riding a nine fight win streak which includes victories over Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Josh Thompson.

Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in his 24 professional MMA fights and holds notable wins over Dos Anjos and Michael Johnson.

The pair were due to meet on two previous occasions but injuries caused the bouts to be postponed.

Of course, Nate Diaz is waiting patiently in the wings for his rubber match with the champion, but he, like McGregor, will be taking time off. McGregor announced his short hiatus from the sport to focus on the birth of his first child next year.

 

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