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Volkanovski responds to McGregor’s callout: ‘Come back down to featherweight’

“Enjoy, enjoy your night but hey, come back down to featherweight! I’d love it.”

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Conor McGregor completely dismissed Alexander Volkanovski’s sensational win over Brian Ortega at UFC 266, claiming that he would kick the latter’s head like a rugby ball and make a fool of him inside the octagon.

“I’d kick this volovski [Volkanovski’s] head off like it was a rugby ball I was kicking. 5’4! And full of muscle! Hahahahaha little fart he is. Not even a little fart. A shart haahahahaj jack***,” McGregor posted in a since-deleted Tweet following the fight.

Volkanovski, who beat Ortega to retain his featherweight title in one of the greatest title fights in UFC history, responded to ‘The Notorious’ at the UFC 266 post-fight press conference.

The Aussie essentially brushed off McGregor’s comments but offered the former UFC featherweight champion an immediate title shot if he returns to 145 pounds.

“Sounds like he’s off his head,” Volkanovski said of McGregor, who is currently sidelined due to injury (h/t Sports Keeda). “So, good on you! Enjoy, enjoy your night but hey, come back down to featherweight! I’d love it. He reckons he’s the man of the featherweight division and again I got the strategy, in obviously tough and I’m a whole different beast to what he’s used to in this division so if he wants to come back down, welcome! I’d love it!”

McGregor hasn’t fought at featherweight since his iconic 13-second knockout of then-pound-for-pound No. 1 Jose Aldo at UFC 194 back in 2015. The Irishman was stripped of the title in 2016 after his stunning TKO victory over then-lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s first-ever simultaneous two-division champion.

It’s highly unlikely — although not unthinkable — that he ever returns to featherweight.