UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is on a warpath for title unification. That being said, the fighter has yet to lock in a fight with reigning division champion Conor McGregor. Now UFC President Dana White has come forward to give his opinion on Ferguson’s recent attempts to pressure “Notorious” into accepting a fight with him.
Conor McGregor is coming off of the payday of his career. The UFC lightweight champion made his big boxing debut on Aug. 26, 2017. For the fight, “Notorious” went toe-to-toe with undefeated pugilist legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. While Mayweather managed to take out the fighter in the tenth round, McGregor still walked away with a projected $100 million from his debut in the sport.
With Mayweather vs. McGregor going on to break pay-per-view records and “Notorious” making the payday of his career, fight fans have been waiting to see if the UFC lightweight champion will be making a return to the octagon.
In an attempt to get “Notorious” back inside the octagon, “El Cucuy” has been trash-talking the fighter over social media.
Conor McGregor has since come out to reveal that he is targeting Tony Ferguson as his next opponent inside the octagon. However, the fighters have yet to lock in a fight date.
As reported by Las Vegas Review Journal’s Adam Hill, UFC President Dana White has now come forward to say that Ferguson “has no business” talking about the possible fight. The president then explained that the UFC does not “take direction” from Ferguson.
Tony Ferguson was initially set to face off for the interim lightweight title back at UFC 209. For the event, Ferguson was going to go toe-to-toe with top division contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in the night’s co-main event. However, “The Eagle” was rushed to the hospital for weight management issues. As a result, the fight was pulled on short notice.
“El Cucuy” would go on to fight for the interim title at UFC 216. In a battle against Kevin Lee, Ferguson put on an entertaining display. In the end, the fighter earned a submission victory over Kevin Lee for the interim strap.