Tony Ferguson is hungry for an opponent.
UFC 209 spelled heartbreak and disappointment for Tony Ferguson. Long time opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov fell under the wayside for a fourth time. Citing illness as his reason, Ferguson now looks to the future.
Unfortunately for Khabib, Tony Ferguson has omitted him from his plans.
“I’m a professional. So I’m going to try and move on from this. Trying to offer Khabib a chance to come back at it and see what his position is, but I don’t think he’s doing too good right now. So I’m not sure who’s next man.”
Ferguson is on an incredible 9-fight win streak in the lightweight diviison. He’s beaten the likes of Rafael Dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Lando Vannata. Several fighters have called him out recently. Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson and Michael Chiesa all of note.
“For an opponent, let’s just say I want to fight Edson Barboza again, let’s just say something like that, what is that going to do for me? Absolutely nothing. Michael Johnson, possibly. Possibly. But I’m not going that far down the rankings. Okay, what about Chiesa? He called me out too, he backed out of that fight too that I took in South Dakota. I just don’t see that fight doing anything for me.”
When put on the spot, there seems to be only one opponent that interests Ferguson. Nate Diaz. He sees Diaz as the perfect opponent for a direct route to the champ – Conor McGregor.
“I’m just throwing a name out there, but I think Nate Diaz and myself could actually put on a good show. I think his ranking is kind of bullshit too, but I don’t really see anybody else. I mean, Edson Barboza called me out, but it is what it is. Everything’s in the air right now. I want to fight for the title. I want a fair fight, I want to go in there and kick this dude’s ass no matter who’s signed to the dotted line, and fucking move on. And kick Conor’s ass. I don’t know what he’s up to, but lets just go.”
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