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Morning Report: Tony Ferguson explodes at possible McGregor-Diaz III: I will Stockton slap the s**t out of Nate

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For the last year, Tony Ferguson has been campaigning aggressively for a shot at the UFC lightweight title. He was supposed to get one against Khabib Nurmagomedov for an interim belt, but Nurmagomedov withdrew from the bout on fight week and Ferguson was left wanting. Now, come October, Ferguson will finally get the title shot he’s been chasing, though it might not yield the results he’s really after.

At UFC 216, Ferguson takes on Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight championship, and should he win the belt, Ferguson would seem to move to the head of the line to face current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, whenever McGregor decides to return to MMA. But appearances can be deceiving, especially where Conor McGregor is concerned. Early rumors, and the wishes of McGregor’s coaching staff, suggest that McGregor will complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz when he does next defend his lightweight strap, leaving Ferguson out in the cold once again.

Speaking recently with Submission Radio, Ferguson spoke about the potential of getting passed over for true title shot even if he wins the interim title, saying that the UFC needs to honor his belt and make McGregor face him should he win.

“I believe that they absolutely need to. If that’s my belt and he has the belt, they need to unify both belts. F**k that Nate Diaz three shit. Both those b**ches f**in - they want to try and act like they want to go and make money. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f**king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s**t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff?

Ferguson may well be shouting into the wind though. This past year, UFC middleweights voiced similar concerns as Michael Bisping defended his title against Dan Henderson who was ranked well outside of the top-10 of the division. Now he’s set to face Georges St-Pierre, a career welterweight who hasn’t fought in almost half a decade, despite Robert Whittaker holding the interim middleweight title. The allure of a big PPV number outweighs the meritocracy of the rankings these days. And while Bisping vs. St-Pierre will likely be a big money-maker for the UFC, it’s a fight that pales in comparison to McGregor’s trilogy bout with Diaz which seems likely to break the UFC PPV buy record. Ultimately, the money will dictate who gets the next crack at McGregor, and though he’s prepared for it, Ferguson seems to be unhappy with the situation.

“In ultimate reality, I don’t give two f**ks. The fight that’s the most important at hand is the one that’s most important and that’s the one motherf**kers need to get excited about, because obviously everybody f**king knows what the f**k I can do to Nate Diaz.

“And look, there goes my swearing jar. I haven’t acted like I needed to get my s**t together for my kid, but like, straight up, you guys want me to talk about those other fighters? They’re a bunch of b**ches. They want to go and they want to talk – look, we can f**king put this s**t out on video and we can make this a money fight. If you guys really wanna get gangster, let’s do that s**t. If you want to f**king put on money, let’s put it on paper, Nate. I will f**king Stockton slap the s**t out of you kid. You don’t f**king know me, dude. Straight up. Same thing with Conor McGregor. You guys are a bunch of b**ches and you guys are a bunch of fakes. If you wanna fight while we’re here in the UFC, why don’t you come and sign on the dotted line after you get your s**t together and defend your f**king belt, Conor.”

McGregor has actually never defended a title in his entire career of MMA and Ferguson realizes there is a chance he never defends one against El Cucuy. McGregor is an unparalleled star in the UFC with carte blanche to do whatever he pleases. There is every possibility McGregor chooses to fight Diaz and then moves up to welterweight or returns to boxing. It’s within reason to think that McGregor ends up retiring after making the payday of his career just a few weeks ago by boxing Floyd Mayweather. So considering all this, and the fact that McGregor will have not defended or even have an opponent scheduled in a year come November, Ferguson believes that his fight with Lee is for the real lightweight title, McGregor be damned.

“Absolutely. I mean, let me take Kevin Lee out of the picture for one second because every time that dude opens up his mouth he’s so irrelevant it’s not even funny. He might be fighting for the belt, but it’s still privilege, I’m giving him the opportunity. So that b**ch, when he’s saying it’s a real belt or a fake belt, he’s saying the same s**t that I said but he’s reiterating it. If it’s real enough, if I can see it, if I can feel it and I can hold it, that b**ch is real enough for me. So this is my belt, this is what it’s about and everyone knows what it takes to get to where it’s at, I didn’t just talk my way to get there. So once I see that b**ch around my waist it’s gonna be awesome, it’s just gonna be the next step towards greatness.”

Tony Ferguson faces Kevin Lee at UFC 216 on October 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

1990: Shooto held their 8th event and Kenichi Tanaka submitted Kazuhiro Sakamoto to become their inaugural bantamweight champion.

1995: Ken Shamrock drew with Oleg Taktarov in a superfight bout at UFC 7. That evening, Marco Ruas made his UFC debut and ended up winning the eight-man tournament.

2007: At UFC 75, UFC and Pride belts were unified for the first time when Quinton Jackson won a decision over Dan Henderson.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Looks like MMA is back to its regular schedule of main events and big fights falling apart on fight week. No history for DJ yet. Maybe at 216.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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