Over the weekend at UFC 216, Tony Ferguson won the UFC interim lightweight championship title by submitting Kevin Lee.
Now, “El Cucuy” is ready to unify the belts with the undisputed UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and according to Ferguson, the time is ticking for “The Notorious”
“What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate,” Ferguson said recently on MMAjunkie Radio (transcribed by John Morgan for MMA Junkie). “That dude’s got like less than a month. I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more than ready for December. He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it.”
Conor McGregor last fought in the Octagon last year on November 12 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter in history to simultaneously hold two UFC division titles. With the one year mark approaching since winning the UFC lightweight tile, it will be interesting to see how things play out as Ferguson makes the most sense as an opponent holding the interim title.
“What sounds better than 10 consecutive? Eleven, and it’s got Conor’s name written all over that mother(expletive),” added Ferguson. “You guys heard my post-speech. There’s nowhere for him to run, man. He’s got me to deal with, and I’m going to expose that dude.”
Ferguson stated that it isn’t about the money in fighting McGregor but more a pride fight.
“I don’t think he wants that grubby little belt to be in my hands because I’ll enjoy it, and I will defend it. That dude hasn’t defended that belt one time – not one time. I will probably defend my interim belt more times than that dude would ever defend that belt.”
With that said, Tony Ferguson sent another message directly to “The Notorious” and gave him two options.
“So Conor, you need to either (expletive) defend or vacate. You need to get your (expletive) together and come fight me, straight up.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/11/2017.