In an Instagram post late last night, Conor McGregor suggested that his next fight will be announced “very soon”. Just hours later, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley informed his Instagram followers that he was preparing to start training camp ahead of his next fight.
#TRAININGCAMP Starts #Today The next time I set foot in the #Octagon it will be 4 Title Fights in 12months. Starting with the Spirit, Mind, Soul and the Body will catch up. The fight outside the Cage has always proven to be tougher then the one inside. Time to win on both ends! @ufc #ufc #ChampCamp #AndStill #WhoGotMyBack !
The timing of these two posts, positioned so close together, and Woodley’s inclusion of the hastag ‘ChampChamp’, inspired some poor mathematicians to put two and two together, only to come up with a super-fight.
Former Bleacher Report and FloSports MMA journalist Jeremy Botter acknowledged the swirling rumours on Twitter this evening.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) April 17, 2017
However, they didn’t swirl for long.
On tonight’s edition of The MMA Hour, MMAFighting reporter, the always reliable Ariel Helwani, responded to the rumours rather bluntly.
“There is some talk online that Tyron Woodley is fighting Conor McGregor in July. I’ve been told that’s absolutely not true, that there is no fight on the table,” Helwani said.
Woodley and McGregor have some history of course, going back to multiple hostile encounters in the lead-up to UFC 205 in New York, an event at which they both competed in separate bouts. McGregor famously confronted ‘T-Wood’ both at the official weigh-ins and later on that same evening prior to the ceremonial weigh-ins. Since then there has been some talk of a future bout between the pair and McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, recently expressed confidence that his charge possesses the tools to defeat the much bigger Woodley.
However, McGregor’s attention in recent months has seemingly been entirely fixed upon Floyd Mayweather and a potential transition into the world of boxing. For this reason, the announcement of a McGregor/Woodley fight would be quite shocking at this point.
And with Helwani ruling it out, there is no reason to be glancing curiously towards left-field.