Tony Ferguson is on the warpath…
Since Conor McGregor won the lightweight title at UFC 205, the 155-pound division has been a messy place. After starching Eddie Alvarez, ‘The Notorious’ went in search of a bigger payday than the UFC could ever offer him.
Currently in negotiations for a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, the Irishman retains the lightweight title while doing so. As a result, the top flight in the division remain gridlocked. Situations went from bad to worse when Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled out of UFC 209.
Having seen the interim title fight with ‘The Eagle’ fall apart 24 hours before UFC 209, Ferguson is understandably upset. Oddly enough, he’s not firing shots at Nurmagomedov, in fact ‘El Cucuy’ is blasting almost everybody else.
During a high octane interview this week, Ferguson absolutely ethered Nate Diaz. Then, in a strange turn of events, ‘El Cucuy’ went after 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley, while throwing some shade at McGregor too:
Don’t Be Scared Homie
“He’s all on McGregor’s [expletive],” Ferguson said. “He’s like a f**king bad ex-girlfriend. Literally, a bad taste in somebody’s mouth if you win or you lose, you’ve gotta move on, dude. If you really want that money fight then you’re probably hurting for money. Literally, if you have that money fight, you should pay your taxes and then move on.” Ferguson told 5ive Rounds. As quoted by MMAFighting.
This is a fighter sport. You’re ranked number what, eight? Ninth? Don’t you want to be better than that? S**t, dude you beat is ranked higher than you. Don’t you want an opportunity at the belt? Come on. I’m skipping a couple names but I’m giving you an opportunity. I’m doing you a favor, I’m not doing myself a f**king favor. I’m giving you a chance but if you don’t want it, that’s cool. I’ll give somebody else a chance.”
Nate to Woodley to GSP
“Nate, you’re not the last option. If you don’t want to fight, go hide in a hole. But you’ve got to admit on Twitter that you don’t want to fight me. You’re f**king scared homie. All that s**t’s gotta go out the f**king window. ‘Don’t be scared homie.’ People are gonna start throwing that s**t away and it’s gonna be crazy.
“You can wait for McNuggets but we all know if you wait for that fool, if he fights Mayweather and he doesn’t fight again, you might not get another chance for a big money fight besides this guy. So I’m giving you a shot. If you want it, it’s perfect. If you like it, sign on the dotted line.”
“You want me to bump up a weight class and fight Tyron Woodley? I sized that dude up too and that dude is not that big. I sized up Wonderboy too. Carlos Condit. You know I got into this UFC game for Georges St-Pierre? Because he was at 170 pounds.
When I fought I was 10-2, 11-2 after I won The Ultimate Fighter at 170 pounds. That was my 170-pound record, 11-2. I’m 23-3 now. So I’ve been fluctuating between two weight classes. I own 170 and 155. These are my weight classes. You want me to go back up to 170? I’m beefy. I feel good at 170. My wife loves me at 170. So, we’ve got options.”