Tony Ferguson is not looking to fight lower level competition.
Ferguson is coming off a brutal second-round knockout defeat to Michael Chandler at UFC 274 earlier this month.
It marked the first time “El Cucuy” was ever knocked out cold while it was also his fourth straight defeat.
Many have since called for him to either retire, take fun fights or just fight lower level or fighters around the same age as him.
Ferguson, however, has no such plans.
Having already detailed his plans to come back stronger, the former interim champion is particularly interested in a fight with Dustin Poirier.
“I would love to be able to fight Dustin Poirier,” Ferguson told MMA Junkie. “Obviously he likes to go stand-up. A stand-up battle wouldn’t be bad.”
Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier Have History
Whether it will happen remains to be seen.
After all, Poirier is coming off a title defeat to Charles Oliveira. Ferguson, meanwhile, is on a losing streak and is currently ranked #9 in the lightweight rankings.
However, Poirier did mention possibly fighting Ferguson next, especially if the latter could come back with a win.
The pair also have history as they have gone back-and-forth in the past while there was also talk of them facing each other in late 2020.
It never panned out, but it certainly could in the future if the stars align.
For now, Ferguson plans on working on his craft and once he is ready to compete, he expects to be given an opponent by the UFC.
“When I’m ready to fight I will let the UFC know,” Ferguson added. “I guarantee you they’ll let me know, too, ‘Hey, this is who we have.’
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