Conor McGregor Issues Challenge For 'NMF' Belt, Wants To Fight For It In 2020
Conor McGregor is looking to add a third belt to his CV in 2020 after he issued a challenge to fighter Stephen Thompson.
On Monday night, experienced welterweight Thompson appeared as a guest on The Helwani Show, where host Ariel Helwani presented 'Wonderboy' with the brand spanking new NMF ('Nicest Mother F**ker') title.
"I have something very exciting for you here." said Helwani in the below footage, just moments before handing over the parting gift.
When you're the Nicest MFer in the game, there's only one way to commemorate it. @arielhelwani presented @WonderboyMMA with the NMF belt :trophy: pic.twitter.com/Qjfk9WzukX
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 16, 2019
'Wonderboy' claimed he had "no idea" about the stunt as viewers enjoyed the spectacle on social media.
And someone who clearly tuned in to the show was former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who decided to call out the South Carolina-born fighter on Twitter.
Just an hour after receiving his newly acquired belt, he said: "That belt is mine in 2020 motherbuddies!"
That belt is mine in 2020 motherbuddies!
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 16, 2019
It didn't take long for Thompson to respond either, and it appears he is more than ready to go up against 'Notorious' in the octagon next year.
He posted the following message on his official Instagram page shortly after appearing on The Helwani Show.
"It was AWESOME receiving the #nmf belt from @arielhelwani and @paradigmsm today!!" he said. "And @thenotoriousmma it would be HONOR to go toe to toe with the best in the bizz for the NMF belt good sir...or should I say... MOTHERBUDDY!!"
View this post on InstagramIt was AWESOME receiving the #nmf belt from @arielhelwani and @paradigmsm today!! And @thenotoriousmma it would be HONOR to go toe to toe with the best in the bizz for the NMF belt good sir...or should I say... MOTHERBUDDY!!:v:#goodtimes #mma #ufc #nmf
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Before going for the NMF title against Thompson, however, Conor McGregor must face off against UFC veteran Donald Cerone on January 18th next year.
Do you think a match up between 'Wonderboy' and the Irish fighter makes sense?
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