Ferguson: Conor Can Kick Rocks, I Want The Title
With a twelve-fight winning streak, an interim title on his shelf, and being denied his shot at history due to a freak accident, Tony Ferguson has the best claim of anyone to be the next man up to fight for the UFC lightweight title.
Ferguson, whose last appearance inside the Octagon against Donald Cerrone could be considered a title eliminator, told Ariel Helwani this week that he is not a backup plan for the UFC 242 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier in-case something happens.
“First of all, I’m not [a] backup for anybody,” Ferguson said. “I’ve got 12 fights in a row. F*ck that. It was talked about it, I was kind of interested but at the end of the day, I’m not here to be back up. I have a belt. I’ve won 12 in a row. The next fight that I have is for the belt. It’s gonna have to have a lot of buildup, especially for the fans. It has to have the hype. It deserves a full camp and lead-up time.”
While Ferguson has only had one fight in the last year due to possible mental health issues, the former interim 155-pound champion is only entertaining a title fight and not giving any credence to a fight with Conor McGregor as his next appearance.
“He’s not my concern,” Ferguson said. “He’s like a female, like one of those ex-girlfriends. I stopped worrying about that. At first, he was in line, trying to go for the title, then once he became irrelevant, I stopped caring about the dude. Now he’s mentioning my name? Get the f*ck out of here.”
“If push comes to shove, and then we need to,” Ferguson said of fighting McGregor. “I see him fighting the loser of this next fight this weekend. If you want to keep up with the rankings, we have to do it the right way. . . So [for] me, if I fight for the title next he’s got to fight for the underdog. If he wins, you what, maybe I’ll give him a shot.”
“Hopefully Dustin gets a piece of him, throws him on his back, and puts him away, so we can have a good ol’ American f**king battle, battle royale,” Tony Ferguson said of his thoughts of the lightweight championship fight at UFC 242.
“Like I said, if push comes to shove and we need to do it, me and Khabib, we’ll go out there and we’ll handle this s**t in December. So either Dustin or Khabib, title shot next, December, Las Vegas, let’s make it happen UFC brass.”