Conor McGregor Ends Speculation, Names Tony Ferguson As Next Opponent

Fight fans have been waiting patiently to see what will come next for UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Now it would appear that “Notorious” has narrowed down his options and targeted his next opponent.

Speaking to, as transcribed by MMA Fighting, Conor McGregor revealed that UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is now at the top of his list.

“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything. It’s been like that for a long, long time, I feel, so it’s just another day for me. I know there are many contenders in the UFC. There are many boxing contenders as well. What interests me is certainly a UFC bout, certainly a defense of my lightweight title. There is a fighter with the interim lightweight belt. I feel that will be next. We’ll see how negotiations go.”

Tony Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee at UFC 216 to become the interim-lightweight champion and has been trash talking McGregor for months now. However, McGregor also has the potential to set up a highly anticipated super-fight against Nate Diaz for their third throw down inside the octagon. Speaking on the matter, McGregor said:

“The Diaz trilogy is also there. I can defend my belt against Nate. Maybe we can persuade one of these boxing opponents to step into the Octagon, or there’s also boxing bouts as well. So, there’s so many options. I feel to legitimize the belt — there’s an interim champion, I’m the unified champion — I feel that will be next. We are currently in contract negotiations, and we’ll see where it goes.”