Darren Till was baffled after being asked if he would snub a UFC title shot to instead face Conor McGregor at Anfield.
Till (18-2) is supposed to face Robert Whittaker (21-5) At UFC fight Night 174. The winner is in line to then challenge for the 185lb belt.
When asked about fighting to Conor McGregor
But in the pre-fight virtual press conference, Till was bemused following a question on whether he would rather fight McGregor or for the tile.
He responded: “The middleweight title. Conor McGregor is a lightweight. He’s two weights below me.”
Despite Till’s shocked reaction, he has before called out former two-division champion McGregor.
When the Brit was fighting at welterweight, he pushed to face the Irishman – who has three times fought at 170lb – at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium
But Till has instead embarked on a new mission at middleweight, with McGregor, 32, since retiring.
UFC president Dana White is adamant The Notorious is retired, but admitted there is a likely chance he will return once more.
McGregor spent his birthday recently in France with partner Dee Devlin, but teased a comeback by commenting “stay ready” on his Instagram.
The southpaw has not fought since beating Donald Cerrone in January, and was unable to compete during the corona-virus lockdown.