While Conor McGregor vs. Tony Ferguson for the unified UFC lightweight championship has yet to be confirmed, many believe it is only a matter of time. It is certainly the fight Dana White has been pushing for as of late.
With that being said there has been no confirmation that anything is official. By the sounds of it, Nate Diaz wants to make sure his name is being kept in the mix as well.
The Stockton-native issued a somewhat official response to both Ferguson and Conor today.
Conor Issues Statement to Tony Ferguson
Conor posted the above GTA-inspired artwork 6 days after UFC 216. Ferguson’s championship win at the event now means Conor has to either defend his title or vacate it, making El Cucuy the undisputed champion in the process.
November 12th this year will mark the one-year anniversary of Conor defeated Alvarez for the belt at UFC 205. There’s only so long any promotion can let him keep a title without defending it.
Conor has won 4 championships throughout the course of his professional career but he’s yet to defend any of them. He likes to move on to the next biggest thing, which is probably a big part of his appeal.
Tony Ferguson Responds to Conor McGregor
El Cucuy went back to Vice City for his Grand Theft Auto-themed response to Conor. For those unaware, Grand Theft Auto is a popular video game franchise known for comedically excessive violence.
Ferguson will always use the hashtag #DefendorVacate when posting about Conor. He is one of many fighters who has expressed dissatisfaction with the promotion’s recent emphasis on money-fights over pitting the two top fighters in a division against each other.
Dana White is also changing his tune towards money-fights as of late. The UFC President has consistently been using the phrase “getting back to title fights” when speaking about Conor and other PPV draws.
Nate Diaz’s GTA Response to Conor and El Cucuy
Nate Diaz is keeping his name in the mix in the above post.
Conor mentioned a possible trilogy bout with Nate as his next fight in the post-fight presser from his bout with Mayweather. That tune only began to chance at UFC 216 when Ferguson won the interim belt.
Earlier this month, Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh, had this to say about scheduling the trilogy bout:
“I have in my head that it would be a Paddy’s Day card in New York, Nate Diaz 3. I think that would be absolutely amazing. That’s what I would wish for. That’s what I’ll be leaning towards with my 0.1 percent influence when I meet with Conor and Audie (Attar) tomorrow. I want Diaz 3, Paddy’s Day in New York.”
Dana White has shot down rumors that there have been negotiations regarding this bout.