CONFIRMED: Conor McGregor Vs Tony Ferguson Lightweight Title Fight Is Next
After his dominant victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216, Tony Ferguson wasted no time in calling out lightweight champion Conor McGregor for a unification bout.
Some speculated that it was wishful thinking as Nate Diaz was due his trilogy fight but UFC president Dana White has confirmed that a bout between Ferguson and McGregor will indeed take place next.
During his post-fight interview, ‘El Cucuy’ was forthright in comments about McGregor, uring the Irishman to either fight him or vacate the belt:
“Where you at, McNuggets, you fu*kin’ piece of sh*t? I’m gonna kick your ass. You better fu*kin’ come and defend that belt. Defend or vacate, motherfu*ker!”
In the aftermath of the main event, Dana White confirmed that a unified title fight between Ferguson and McGregor will happen next.
“Nobody is talking about Diaz,” White said. “Diaz has never been talked about, that’s internet bullsh*t. Tony is the interim champion, Conor is the champion, it’s the fight that makes sense. It’s the fight that has to happen.”
White admitted that he hadn’t actually spoken to McGregor about the matchup and instead, had been letting him ‘blow off some steam’ after his historic boxing match with Floyd Mayweather on August 26.
“We didn’t specifically talk about it, but we did talk about it kind of. He wants to fight again this year. He does want to fight again this year…he went and partied for a while, and I went home for a while – you got to let him blow off some steam and then figure it out.”
He thought that both fighter’s contrasting styles would ensure that it will be a bout to be remembered:
“Tony is a busy guy man,” White said. “He keeps coming forward, he keeps throwing all kinds of different things at you, and Conor’s awesome. There’s no way it’s not a great fight. Impossible.”
So, before this year is out, we’ve got an epic clash for the lightweight title to look forward to. Who’s your money on? Let us know in the comments!