Ferguson: McGregor Running Away to Boxing
At UFC 209, Tony Ferguson will battle Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight championship while Conor McGregor continues to negotiate a potential megafight against retired boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Ferguson will walk into the Octagon on a nine-fight win streak while Nurmagomedov is undefeated in his UFC campaign while also carrying an unblemished 24-0 record throughout his entire career.
Based upon their shared resumes, Ferguson believes the title he plans to win on March 4 won’t have an interim tag attached to it, but he also doubts whether McGregor would ever return to try and reclaim his spot anyways.
“I call him McNuggets for a reason because he’s made of that fake ass pink [expletive] that McDonald’s offers everybody,” Ferguson told FOX Sports.
“I don’t see McNuggets ever wanting to come back. He’s using boxing as a way and a scapegoat to be able to leave this [sport] because he doesn’t want to get his ass kicked by either of us. I don’t respect him for [expletive] [expletive].”
McGregor won the UFC lightweight title in his first contest at 155-pounds in the promotion after being granted a shot at former champion Eddie Alvarez this past November.
Arguably both Ferguson and Nurmagomedov had a claim to that No. 1 contender’s spot until the UFC ultimately gave McGregor the shot instead.
That’s part of the reason why Ferguson has such an issue with McGregor because he may have beaten Alvarez to win the title but he certainly didn’t earn his shot at the championship ahead of the competitors who have been grinding their way to the top in arguably the deepest division in the sport.
That being said, Ferguson couldn’t care less whether or not McGregor ever fights for the UFC again because he knows his spot will be secure as the best lightweight in the sport after he hands Nurmagomedov a loss next weekend in Las Vegas.
“If this guy wants to go and quit like a little [expletive] go for it. We don’t want you here,” Ferguson said about McGregor. “145 didn’t want you here. 170, you got submitted by No. 5 in the world. I’m No. 2.
“You’ve got the belt because Dana [White] wanted you to have it. It was more lucrative for my company that I work for and that I love so much but yet I’m still here working for them like I do like a hard ass Mexican. This is what I do. I work hard. I won’t back down.”