Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are seen as the two top lightweight contenders that are next in line to take on Conor McGregor for his championship.
Unfortunately, only one of them will get the potential opportunity, and a clash between the pair for the interim crown has been speculated, with the winner going on to challenge the Irishman.
The unbeaten Dagestani decided to take the verbal route when staking his claim for a title shot, and he hasn’t stopped since UFC 205.
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However, Ferguson had been the quieter of the two, that was until this week when he finally spoke out about The Eagle’s antics, and his thoughts on the reigning lightweight champion.
When he spoke on The MMA Hour, he revealed that he had a very good reason to stay quiet while everybody else talked.
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He said: “What else is there to say?
“It’s like a chess game, and I’ve got three moves. These dudes are not going anywhere, I’ve cornered them in a spot and they have nowhere to go.
“You’ve got Conor taking a leave of absence, and you’ve got Khabib Nurmagomedov right in front of me. I don’t think [Eddie] Alvarez is going to be in the picture and I don’t see MJ [Michael Johnson] or anybody else posing a threat, so that’s why I kept quiet.”
HITTING OUT AT MCGREGOR
Now that the guys over at MMAFighting have managed to get El Cucuy to speak up, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to stop either.
Although he’s claimed he’s interested in fighting Nurmagomedov next year – following two of their fights falling through previously – he isn’t too impressed with the Notorious either.
McGregor dismantled Alvarez at UFC 205, knocking him out in the second round, but Ferguson believes McGregor is avoiding him as well and expects to meet him sooner rather than later, criticising the fact that he’s taking time off to be a father.
He added: “That dude does not want any part of me. That dude got beat by No. 5 in the world, Nate Diaz.
“And everybody’s talking about him being the best, and I’m like, ‘Dude, you got beat by No. 5. I’m No. 3 and No. 2. I’m the only name you haven’t thrown out there in the wind. It’s just like a fart, though, and it’s going to come back right at you and hit you hard!
“Honestly, he doesn’t want any part of this, so go ahead. You’ve got a little pass from me. Go enjoy your family time. Do your thing, enjoy your life, you have some money so go ahead and go spend it.
“Do your thing, relax. Enjoy your time trying to find you. And while you’re doing that, I’m going to stay over here, wrecking this s**t with my crew. And we’re going on to the next stage which is, when you come back, we’re going to wreck your ass.
“I’m going to stay here; I’m going to be ready. When I had my baby and all my stuff, I didn’t take a leave of absence. I manned up! I did my thing and I fought. I’m just here doing what I have to do.”
McGregor must have heard a lot of trash talk over the past month, but perhaps Ferguson’s comments will be the ones that cause him to finally respond.
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