Ferguson: McGregor Will Run From Me
For a while it seemed like Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov was not going to happen, a contractual dispute holding up the most-anticipated fight between top lightweight contenders. Now that Ferguson has come to terms with the UFC, he is looking ahead to handing Nurmagomedov his first loss.
Speaking with the media ahead of their UFC 209 interim title fight, Ferguson discussed his negotiations with the UFC, though refused to include any details about what the promotion offered to get him to sign for the fight.
“It’s business I understand that," Ferguson said. "But I out-performed my contract and we had a talk, management came to an agreement and now we’re fighting. I don’t like to talk too much business. That’s for the management and that kind of person. I like to do my business inside the octagon. I feel like you guys are pretty familiar with that.”
With lightweight champion Conor McGregor sidelined indefinitely while he expects his first child, Ferguson will be fighting Nurmagomedov for an interim championship. Ferguson, on a nine fight winning streak, admitted that there is some inherent frustration in the fact that he isn’t receiving a shot at the real title.
Conventional wisdom would say that defeating Nurmagomedov would guarantee Ferguson a unification bout with McGregor, he knows that there’s a chance the fight never happens. McGregor holds the cards and controls his own future, and Ferguson has reason believe he will avoid a fight with him if the opportunity presents itself.
“I have nine fights in a row win streak. Khabib has eight fights in a row. This is the first time you guys are ever gonna see this inside the octagon. This is for an interim title. It should be for the real shit. Am I a little pissed about it? Yeah.
Is Conor gonna defend his belt, that little bitch? Probably not. He’s gonna run. Go ahead. Go run. Go try to box. You’ll get your ass kicked too. And when you’re ready to come back, they’re gonna strip your belt and at 155, I’m gonna be holding it and you’re gonna be like, ‘Oh I want my belt back’ and this and that. I don’t give a shit. The fight, the real fight, is between Conor? No. Conor, sorry buddy. The fight’s between Khabib and Ferguson.”