Irish-born Conor McGregor has been offered the chance to face Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight belt after the Nigerian manager challenged him on Twitter.
McGregor competed in the weight class earlier this year in his previous fight when he defeated Donald Cerrone after just 40 seconds in a technical knock-out win.
His efforts at UFC 246 have attracted interest from Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz after his client’s proposed bout with Jorge Masvidal looked to be slipping away as he targeted a bout with Nate Diaz.
Abdelaziz tweeted: “It looks like #1 contender wants to fight Nate Diaz now. Good for him. Conor McGregor hey you want a title shot ? Come to daddy, Usman will give you one and he promise first two rounds without takedowns only slaps.”
McGregor was the first man in UFC history to hold two belts at different weight divisions and the shot at the welterweight champion would give him a chance to earn a third.
McGregor had previously held the featherweight and lightweight championships.
The offer comes following comments from the 31-year-old who has desires to become the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
While he admits he his No 2 behind Anderson Silva, he still believes he can eclipse him in his career.
“The array of finishes, across two divisions, with champion status in one, Anderson Silva is No.1 MMA GOAT [Greatest of all time],’ McGregor said.
“My array of finishes, across three divisions, with champion status in two, I’m No.2. If not tied No.1. However [I am] still active, No.1 is fully secured by career end. And easily.”