Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson.

The little-known reason why Conor McGregor/Tony Ferguson fight is happening

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At UFC 216, Tony Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee with a triangle choke to win the interim UFC lightweight championship.

Just six weeks or so ago, the real UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, was earning the payday of his lifetime in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

It still sounds absurd even now, doesn't it?

It's inevitable that McGregor will find his way back to the octagon at some point and UFC president Dana White claims the Irishman wants to fight before the end of the year.

The problem the UFC has is choosing McGregor's next fight. As far as championships go, Ferguson is the natural fight and given that McGregor has never defended a title in the UFC, that must be an itch he wants to scratch.

However, there is also talk of making a Nate Diaz trilogy and history tells us there is great money in that matchup.

But there is a little-known reason why a McGregor/Ferguson bout for the undisputed lightweight title looks destined to happen.

Both men are represented by Audie A. Attar of Paradigm Sports Management. UFC journalist Ariel Helwani spotted the agent-like Attar at Ferguson's post-fight press conference and noted something interesting.



It might not be the biggest money fight on the table for McGregor, but he will draw regardless. For his own legacy, he needs to defend a title now.

When talking about a potential match-up with the Irishman, Ferguson said: "I'll ankle-pick him. No problem.

"I'll sit him on his ass and everyone is the same size on the ground.

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"Conor McGregor poses no threat to me, especially when I hit him with the jab, he's going to be running away like Katsunori Kikuno did and I'll be chasing after his ass like a cornerback.

"And I'll slam him (on) the ground and finish him with a D'Arce choke or any choke I might please.

"The boy's scared. He can't run any more."

Addressing McGregor he added: "You're in check and I'm great at chess."

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