Following on from his impressive third-round submission finish against Kevin Lee, the assumption now is that Tony Ferguson will meet Conor McGregor inside of the Octagon to unify the lightweight division.
The Motown Phenom was selected as the fighter to compete for the interim lightweight championship, and after weeks of back and forth trash talk - and slight drama at the weigh-ins - it was El Cucuy who emerged victorious in Las Vegas.
Lee appeared to be up on the scorecards in the UFC 216 main event on Saturday night, but Ferguson worked from the bottom in the third round to lock in the triangle choke submission hold to claim the interim championship.
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Speaking after his win, Ferguson claimed: "This went the exactly way I wanted it to be. I wanted him to come at me, use all that aggression, leave no energy for that submission."
The result means not only did Ferguson become the interim champion, but he won his 10th consecutive bout and is effectively next in line to face the Notorious.
However, there is still talk of the Irishman making a comeback to the Octagon but taking on Nate Diaz to conclude their trilogy, in what is guaranteed to make everyone involved a lot of money; and on paper, it's a fight that does make sense.
EL CUCUY VS. THE NOTORIOUS?
Not everyone is a fan of it happening next, though, as McGregor hasn't defended a championship in the UFC - not when he dethroned Jose Aldo to become the featherweight king while he hasn't fought at all under mixed martial arts rules since schooling Eddie Alvarez almost a whole year ago.
While UFC president has made it clear that Ferguson vs. McGregor is the fight to make, the new interim champion didn't waste his time on the microphone in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, calling out the Irish star to either defend the title or vacate the title.
As you'll be able to see below said: "Where you at McNuggets, ya f**king piece of s**t.
"I'm gonna kick your ass. You better come and f**king defend that belt. Defend or vacate, m********ker."
Ferguson noted in the post-UFC 216 press conference that McGregor has never really mentioned him when discussing his rivals inside of the UFC, instead focusing on other potential challengers such as The Eagle and those in a higher or lower weight class.
Following this result, you can bet McGregor will sit up and take notice of someone who can pose a serious threat with his exciting style.
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