There are always plenty of of exciting matchups to be made in the stacked UFC lightweight division. Of all the matchups available in this weight class, however, its arguable that none can rival a potential showdown between streaking contender Tony Ferguson and former World Series of Fighting champ Justin Gaethje in terms of pure excitement.
Neither man is ever in a boring fight, and it’s hard to imagine their potential pairing resulting in anything other than Fight of the Year.
Speaking on Twitter, Justin Gaethje shared his interest in this potential bout, suggesting he’d love to visit Tony Ferguson’s “dark place.”
“Take me to that dark place of yours [Tony Ferguson]” Gaethje wrote after the potential matchup was mentioned.
While this matchup is fun to think about, it’s hard to imagine Tony Ferguson accepting anything other than a title fight with the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier’s UFC 242 fight, or a lucrative money fight with Conor McGregor.
”It’s kinda funny, I don’t know what else I have to do in this division to keep … to keep after it,” Ferguson said after beating Donald Cerrone at UFC 238. “It’s a round robin tournament, but I’m tired of it. I’m here to stay. I am the f**king champ. I don’t have to go on and refurbish a lot of that stuff. You guys know what I’m about. I’m about the business, you guys know I’m about learning and growing and … f**k, man. If Dustin Poirier doesn’t do it, I’m going to do it. ‘Tiramisu’ needs an ass whooping; he needs two to the stomach from me.
“And if it’s ‘McNuggets’ for a money fight, literally?” Ferguson continued, referencing Conor McGregor. “He’s an athlete, too. I know the division misses him. I’m pretty sure he misses the fight game, too. We need to see these fighters keep coming out and represent the sport, because that’s why you got into it. You’re an athlete. Keep coming back and when it’s your turn to retire, go and f**king retire, man. But if you’ve made a name in this sport and you’re able and within the age limit, keep competing.”
If Tony Ferguson is unavailable, Justin Gaethje will have to look elsewhere in the hunt for his next opponent.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/13/2019.