‘Let’s not act like you’re coming back anytime soon’ – Former UFC fighter Ben Askren rips inactive Conor McGregor after Islam Makhachev call out, Twitter spat and gym invite


UFC superstar Conor McGregor continues to rub up his fellow fighters the wrong way with his constant social media trash talk.

The former dual-weight UFC champion has been out of action since fracturing his tibia and fibula at UFC 264 in July 2021 and is not expected to return until April 2023 but continues to call out fighters.

McGregor has not fought since losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July last year where he broke his leg

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McGregor has not fought since losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July last year where he broke his leg

‘Notorious’ had a lot to say about the new lightweight champion after UFC 280

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‘Notorious’ had a lot to say about the new lightweight champion after UFC 280

‘Notorious’ took to Twitter claiming he has the skills to beat Islam Makhachev who looked flawless as he stopped Charles Oliveira inside two rounds to win the lightweight title at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi this past weekend.

This led to an irked Askren intervening before ultimately going back and forth with McGregor who proposed they train together in since-deleted tweets.

During a recent interview with talkSPORT, ‘Funky’ explained why he is so frustrated with how McGregor has been behaving during his lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“This guy doesn’t fight anymore but he wants to call everyone out, tell them how tough he is [and] tell them he’d beat them up,” Askren said.

“It’s like, ‘Dude, either fight or don’t. You’re not even in the USADA testing pool so you can’t even fight for six months, so let’s not act like you’re coming back anytime soon.”

Askren, who retired from combat sports for good after suffering a first-round knockout loss to Jake Paul in April 2021, believes people don’t want to hear people like him or McGregor fighters people out.

Ben Askren retired from MMA and enjoyed the briefest of boxing careers

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Ben Askren retired from MMA and enjoyed the briefest of boxing careers

McGregor has been bulking up for the last year claiming he’ll return at welterweight

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McGregor has been bulking up for the last year claiming he’ll return at welterweight


“No one wants to hear you talk about fighting because you don’t fight anymore. No one wants to hear me call anyone out because I don’t fight anymore,” he added.

“The only person I would say something about is Jorge [Masvidal] because I would fight Jorge if they were ever to offer me that.

“Besides that, whatever. I may have an opinion on their fight or an editorial on how the fight went but Conor comes in and says, I’ll beat him up no problem. Well, you wouldn’t do anything to him because you don’t actually fight.”

The 38-year-old pointed out that he’s actually had more fights than McGregor in the last six years despite the fact he initially retired in 2017 before returning for a three-fight UFC run and a ‘Problem Child’ boxing bout.

Askren retired from MMA in 2017 before returning for three UFC fights

Askren retired from MMA in 2017 before returning for three UFC fights

“I’ve retired three times and I’ve still fought more than you in the last six years. Like, that’s ridiculous. You don’t fight anymore. Sorry,” Askren concluded.

“I think he got rich, and fighting is hard. So, I don’t think he’s got much desire to fight but we’ll see.”

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