Conor McGregor stayed silent for the majority of UFC 286 and only broke his social media strike to congratulate one fighter on his victory.
‘Notorious’ was vocal in the lead up to the UFC’s latest pay-per-view show about potentially fighting the winner of Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman 3.
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The Irishman also has a long-running feud with Justin Gaethje who edged out Rafael Fiziev in a bloody three-round battle at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
However, McGregor wasn’t interested in trash talking Edwards or Gaethje and instead focused on praising Gunnar Nelson following his impressive win over Bryan Barberena on the UFC 286 main card.
He tweeted: “Congrats Gunnar Nelson! One of the greatest fighters I’ve ever known personally. What a fighter is the Icelander!”
The former dual-weight champion used to train with Nelson at John Kavanagh’s famous SBG gym and in Iceland where he hilariously went toe-to-toe with ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones.
McGregor is currently preparing to fight for the first time since fracturing his tibia and fibula at UFC 264 in July 2021.
The 34-year-old is booked to face Michael Chandler later this year but it’s currently unclear exactly when, where or at what weight they’ll fight.
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At the moment, it seems like McGregor’s eagerly anticipated UFC comeback fight may be delayed by United States Anti-Doping [USADA] who want him to undergo six months of random drug testing before competing.
‘Mystic Mac’ made his feelings about USADA clear on social media earlier this week and even sang a song about the drug testing agency first tasked with cleaning up the UFC in 2015.
Whatever happens with all of that, Nelson is confident that his long-time friend will easily deal with Chandler – as long as he’s fully fit and healthy.
He told The Mac Life pre-UFC 286: “If Conor trains properly and is in shape, he’ll kick the s*** out of him.”
With his slick submission win over Barberena, Nelson moves one step closer to the title that was impressively defended by Edwards in the UFC 286 main event.
Dana White confirmed Colby Covington would be next in line for a shot at the 170lb strap and McGregor is likely to be after him if all goes well in his first fight in two years.
Nelson is not yet ranked in the division and still needs at least a couple more wins before he becomes a potential threat to his teammate’s run at welterweight gold.