Last night, in the main event of the stacked UFC 216, streaking lightweight contender Tony Ferguson finally earned himself a piece of UFC gold, authoring a third-round submission win over Kevin Lee to capture the promotion’s interim lightweight title.
With this win in the rear-view, the expectation is that Ferguson is likely to battle undisputed UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor somewhere down the road – at least, that’s what UFC President Dana White suggested post-fight.
During the UFC 216 post fight press conference, Tony Ferguson weighed in on this possible showdown with McGregor, and unsurprisingly, he’s very confident in his chances against the Irishman.
“I’ll ankle pick him no problem,” Ferguson said of a possible fight with McGregor (h/t MMAFighting.com). “I’ll set him on his ass and everyone’s the same size on the ground. Conor McGregor is going to be running away like Katsunori Kikuno. I’ll get him on the ground and I’ll finish him with a D’Arce choke or any choke I please.”
“He poses no threat to me,” he continued. “That boy is scared. He’s never mentioned my name one time. I’ve got 10 consecutive victories. I’m the interim champion.”
“You can’t run anymore. You’re in check and I’m great in chess. This is chess. This is check. It’s going to be checkmate. He needs to defend or vacate. Set it down. Just walk away. Then nobody will get hurt.”
With this impressive win over Lee, Tony Ferguson extended his win-streak to 10-straight. McGregor, meanwhile, last competed in the boxing ring, when he came up short opposite the undefeated Floyd Mayweather. His last MMA bout occurred in November of 2016, when he captured the UFC lightweight title with a second round knockout of Eddie Alvarez.
Who do you think wins a fight between Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/5/2017.