CONOR McGREGOR has been told to “beg” for a fight with Khamzat Chimaev as the Swedish star ramped up their war of words.
Notorious, 32, cryptically teased a return to UFC by tweeting the words “I accept”.
Many took that to mean he is ready and waiting the fight the winner of old rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
But Chimaev, 26, had also been publicly suggesting he wants to fight McGregor.
And now Chimaev has escalated their verbal battle by demanding retired ace McGregor to “beg” for a fight.
McGregor announced his retirement from all fighting for the third time in four years in June.
But after suggesting, yet again, that he will step back into the octagon, 8-0 Chimaev tweeted: “Beg me.”
An hour later, the Swede was at it again, saying: “Call your uncle @danawhite I will be ready.”
Chimaev has stormed into the limelight recently after two dominant wins at UFC’s Fight Island in ten days.
And just hours before the Irishman’s “I accept” tweet, Chimaev had posted: “I’m getting bored.
“Please Dana White give me Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor same night.
“I can smash all these guys… I’m not cocky guy I’m just confident.
“I understand if they don’t want to fight me.”
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His new-found fame and familiar confident nature caught the eye of the McGregor – who called him “rat lip”, because of his scar.
Chimaev hit back by calling the Irishman a “chicken”.
The Chechen-born fighter has since claimed he travelled to Ireland to “beat up” McGregor – only to be detained by police and dumped in a cell.