This past Saturday, October 7, at UFC 216 event Tony Ferguson awarded an interim 155-pound belt after taking down Kevin Lee in the third round with a thunderous submission win. Tony Ferguson now has UFC Lightweight belt around him, and he has eyes on “The Notorious.” Conor exists outside the ordinary bounds of matchmaking. No other fighter in the UFC history has owned, much less exercised, this much leverage.
Dana White also said UFC 216 post-fight interview that motor-mouth iron-fisted Conor Mcgregor and Ferguson’s fight has to happen. Rumors are speculating that big money trilogy fight between Conor Mcgregor vs. Nate Diaz is also surfacing too, so the question is Ferguson vs. Conor will happen?
Speaking to MMA Hour:
“I believe so,” Ferguson said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I mean, if Dana says it, then we’re going to hold it to him. The UFC is pretty good with that, right? They don’t want to be called liars, and I don’t want to make them a liar, so this sh*t needs to happen.
“Look, Conor watches the fights. This dude didn’t say sh*t. He didn’t say sh*t on Twitter. He didn’t even comment saying ‘good fight.’ He said he was looking forward to watching this fight — he hasn’t said nothing. The boy is scared. He’s running. I told him, just set the belt down and walk away and nobody will get hurt. That’s all you’ve got to do: just set it down and you won’t get ass kicked, I swear, by another Mexican. This is a tough fight for him, man, and I don’t think that he’s got enough cornermen in the world to try to help him on this one.”
Previously Conor Mcgregor said he is very much interested in watching the Interim lightweight fight and want to unify the titles. Days after UFC 216, Ferguson “El Cucuy” takes a dig on Conor as he did not say anything about his performance.
“I’ve given reasons before, as far as management telling him not to, or he’s just afraid or he’s not afraid, or if he’s just trying to get under my skin. It doesn’t matter,” Ferguson said. “I’ve wrestled them all, I’ve fought them all, and Conor is not different than any other man or human being in this world. The man wants to call himself a god, but he bleeds, so I can expose him as well. I guarantee you, there’s no big animosity there, but the callout was real and it was genuine.
“I really want to kick this dude’s ass because I believe that my skills are better. I guarantee you that I’d be a better champ and I would defend the belt. He defends the belt zero times. Zero times. He won it, he talked his way into this sh*t, and my management knows exactly where I stand with this, and I don’t stand for that kind of sh*t. I’m here right now putting numbers behind it, the same way that I made them take me into The Ultimate Fighter.”
Despite all Tony Ferguson and Conor Mcgregor shares the same management Paradigm Sports Management. He is referring if the “The Notorious” fight goes to Diaz, he will be professional about it. His management knows best and will act wisely about it.
“We’re all professional here, and that’s how I’m going to take it,” Ferguson said. “I’m going to be professional with it. I think I’ve grown with my management, they’ve grown with me. I signed with them before McGregor did, but it’s not like I came here first (to the title) — I came here second.
“Protect your pocket, I guess. But in the reality of everything, you have a conscious, and it’s going to be on theirs, and it’s not going to be on mine because I’ve been earning this the whole entire way. So it’s going to have to be on them. Like I said, I don’t want to try to look for different management. I love my guys, and I actually like them now, so in due time we’ll find out, man. Straight up. Because Dana says it needs to happen, it needs to happen.
“Conor needs his ass kicked and we need to unify that belt. Otherwise he needs to vacate, set it down, walk away, and never f*cking come back. Because if you go to 170, if you go to 185, or even if you drop to 145, I will f*cking follow you, Conor, and I will haunt your f*cking dreams, kid, and I will come after you. And one day, no matter whether we have the same management or not, you will f*cking see me again. And I will put some pain on you, bro.” signed with them before McGregor did, but it’s not like I came here first (to the title) — I came here second.
Ferguson is ready to jump into another bout camp as he did not get injured from Kevin lee’s fight at UFC 216. He is very much desired to come back to the Octagon on Dec 30 at UFC 219.
“I think Conor’s full of sh*t, I don’t think he’s going to fight this year,” Ferguson said. “I think he was just saying it to keep people on their toes. But if he wants to go in 2017, I’m down. I’m ready to start training next week. We’ve got a 12-week training camp, we can get this sh*t rolling. The doctors already know that I’m not injured.
“I took a couple a shots (against Lee), but sometimes you’ve got to take one to give two, and with Conor, I don’t want to get hit. It’ll be a completely different training camp, and he’s not ready, man. He can have as many trainers in the world trying to help him with this one, but I’m a Pandora’s Box, man, and he doesn’t know how to open this sh*t.”