Conor McGregor Trolls Diego Sanchez on Twitter After UFC Fight Night 167

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 18:  Conor McGregor of Ireland speaks to the media following the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor apparently hasn't forgotten his brief war of words with Diego Sanchez a few years ago.

Sanchez beat Michel Pereira by disqualification Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 167, a fight that had been going against Sanchez through the first two rounds.

Having completed his UFC comeback in January, McGregor appeared to jokingly tease a potential fight with Sanchez:

Sanchez had dropped three of his last five fights entering Saturday, and the general consensus was that he appeared headed for another defeat against Pereira:

Andreas Hale @AndreasHale

That illegal knee and DQ win just allowed Diego Sanchez to get another fight that nobody wants to see.

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

And this fight is over due to an illegal knee from Pereira in the 3rd. Pereira was (probably) up 2-0. Diego Sanchez wins via DQ.

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

And here comes the "he quit" crowd. Yes, 18-year vet Diego Sanchez is a "quitter." I'm sorry, but Pereira doesn't deserve a win if he can't stop himself from throwing that shot in that one-sided of a fight. Again, just a little self control.

With 1:41 left in the third round, however, Pereira kneed Sanchez in the head while he was on the mat, which led to the DQ.

ESPN MMA @espnmma

Knees to the body drop Sanchez followed by an illegal knee resulting in him winning via DQ #UFCRioRancho https://t.co/33vd5duifj

As they were having their back-and-forth in 2014, McGregor tweeted he was going to fight Sanchez in Mexico. At the time, the matchup was implausible, and the two have taken diverging paths since then.

McGregor is one of UFC's biggest stars, and his TKO of Donald Cerrone signaled he remains one of the most fearsome fighters in the lightweight division. There's little reason to think the promotion would have him move on to Sanchez since he'd have so little to gain.

The former featherweight and lightweight champion will presumably have a more prominent opponent in sight when he returns to the Octagon.