Conor McGregor has accused Khabib Nurmagomedov of being a chicken after a fight between the pair was canceled for a fifth time, and sparked speculation that he would be ready to step in and win at UFC 249.

Nurmagomedov pulled out of his headline fight with Ferguson at UFC 249, which has no venue, but is still scheduled to go ahead against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, in a video message from his home in Dagestan on Wednesday night.

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McGregor, who had been viewed as an outsider to take the champion’s place in the increasingly unlikely event of the card going ahead, has watched on as rivals including Dustin Poirier and Jorge Masvidal made their willingness to step in public.

Addressing the event on April 18 for the first time, the former featherweight and lightweight champion declared: “I am in shape to fight right now.

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