There’s been an update from Conor McGregor’s camp that Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz will find interesting. Details below…
“Red panty night,” it’s a saying that will go down in MMA history. Although it was initially just a classic line Conor McGregor used during a press conference, it’s since become symbolic of a new generation of UFC fights.
With money being the goal, pay-per-views and ticket sales primarily, ‘The Notorious’ truly has ushered in a new era. According to some, it’s great for the sport, but if you ask an old school guy like Fabricio Werdum, he’ll probably hit you with a boomerang.
This year alone, McGregor has turned the combat sports world upside down. Switching over to boxing to face Floyd Mayweather in a bizarre affair, the Irishman pushed the boundaries of possibility for a young MMA fighter.
Here’s where things become a little complicated, as it’s been over 12 months since McGregor fought in a UFC title fight, yet he still holds the lightweight title.
During McGregor’s absence, not much has changed in the 155-pound division, and that’s a bad thing. Khabib Nurmagomedov still hasn’t fought, making the only relevant occurrence Tony Ferguson’s interim title victory.
Aside from that, the division is essentially stale. Ferguson coined the phrase “McNugget” when referring to ‘The Notorious’ as ‘too scared’ to defend his belt. When McGregor lost to Mayweather and was talking about Ferguson or Diaz as his next opponent, the maths just didn’t add up.
Can you have an interim champ and then a champion fighting another challenger? Well, Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre happened, so…Thankfully, coach John Kavanagh has put a rest to all that nonsensical Diaz talk, as per Irish Star, interview below:
Change From Diaz to Ferguson
“Well I’ve been vocal about seeing the Diaz trilogy,” Kavanagh told Starsport. “But I have to say, over time, my opinion has changed on that.”
“I kind of hoped that maybe Diaz would stay active and do one or two fights in the meantime. He hasn’t, whereas Tony Ferguson has.
“He’s been very busy and has been very vocal and he keeps on winning – and you have to respect that. He keeps on coming through these fights and winning.”
“So it has changed from me being most excited about the Diaz trilogy to now I wanna see him and Tony.”
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With reason potentially prevailing, finally, the lightweight division can now hopefully move forward. It took the featherweight category over a year to get back on track after McGregor was stripped, now the 155-pound category could face the same task.
That’s assuming Ferguson can dethrone his Irish rival. Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has turned down a fight with Tyron Woodley, making his future in the sport again uncertain. All said and done, and after the Bellator 187 circus, McGregor continues to flit between being great and also bad for the image of MMA.