Tony Ferguson became the new UFC Interim Lightweight Champion when he defeated Kevin Lee by submission at UFC 216.
Ferguson wasted no time in calling out the current UFC Lightweight Champ Conor McGregor, calling for him to defend or vacate his title.
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Conor McGregor won the Lightweight title back at UFC 205 last year when he defeated Eddie Alvarez. Since that time McGregor fought in the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather but is yet to step back into the octagon to defend his belt.
UFC President Dana White said at the UFC 216 post fight press conference that Conor McGregor wants to fight again this year and cleared up recent rumours about a trilogy match between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz happening next. “It’s the fight that makes sense. It’s the fight that has to happen,” he said about a title unification bout between Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor.
Tony Ferguson was next to speak to the media and weighed in on his thoughts on the likelihood of a unification bout. “If Conor is next, whatever. I don’t care, I’m here right now”, he said. “I just won the belt, I’m fresh.”
Tony Ferguson went on to explain how he would approach the fight with McGregor and told the media he would chase McGregor, get him to the ground and submit him with a D’Arce or any other submission of his pleasing. “I’ll ankle pick him no problem. I’ll sit him down on his ass and everyone is the same size when their on the ground. Conor McGregor poses no threat to me especially when I hit him with the Jab,” he said.
“The fight is with Conor,” he insisted. “You can’t run anymore, you’re in check and I’m great at chess.”
At this time Conor McGregor is yet to respond to his comments.