It's only been a number of hours since Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez was announced for the UFC's inaugural trip to Madison Square Garden in November, and already, certain members of the promotion's roster have taken to Twitter to express their vehement disapproval.
UFC featherweight Max Holloway called the fight "bullshit," while former featherweight champion Jose Aldo promised to chase McGregor to whichever weight class he needed to 155 and back again to get his rematch. But among the dissenters, there was none more vocal than Dagestani grappler (and top lightweight contender) Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had already signed two bout agreements to face Alvarez at either UFC 205 or 206.
First, Nurmagomedov called out both fighters on Twitter, writing "Just for the record @Ealvarezfight and @TheNotoriousMMA fear me I'm just a man. Your time will come to get my hands on you." Then, he took to Instagram to attack his bosses at the UFC:
Perhaps looking to make things right, Dana White appeared on Sportscenter this morning to offer Nurmagomedov a consolation prize of sorts: lightweight contender Michael Johnson, who is on the heels of the biggest win of his career after knocking out Dustin Poirier at Fight Night 94 earlier in the month.
“I’m also working right now… Khabib was also supposed to get a title fight at 155 pounds. Khabib called and said, ‘I get it, Conor is getting this fight, put me on New York, too.’ He wants to fight Michael Johnson,” said White.
Both fighters agreed to the bout via Twitter shortly thereafter, and at the UFC 205 press conference just moments ago, White made things official.