Top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson advises Nate Diaz to pick up another sport.
UFC rebel Nate Diaz recently did a feature interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and let loose on a number of fighters.
The former lightweight title challenger called Conor McGregor a a ‘f–king bitch’, told Jose Aldo that he needs to stop ‘crying’ about McGregor, and accused Tony Ferguson’s management team of working with ‘The Notorious’ to secure a big money fight whilst McGregor pursues a boxing showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ferguson, who is on a nine-fight win streak and is ranked as the No. 2 lightweight contender in the world, fired back at Diaz on Submission Radio and called him a p—sy.
“Well I figured, I was like,’ S—t, man,” Ferguson said (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “The next person that beat the dude that’s next in line would be Nate.’ So it had absolutely nothing to do with management and it had nothing to do with the f—king money either. I get paid either way and I get paid good. These dudes want to f—king make it soft and be like, ‘Oh money fight, money fight. This and that money fight.’ Yeah that’s cool. The money will come to you, you’ve just got to keep winning. You’ve gotta keep putting in the time but these b—ches want to fight like one time and then go and retire. I understand it. You’re a p—sy, don’t worry about it. You don’t like to fight. You’re in the wrong sport. Go try tennis.”
‘El Cucuy’ was expected to take on the top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 but his opponent was forced to withdraw from the bout at the last minute due to a failed weight cut.
Ferguson called Nurmagomedov, Diaz, and McGregor ‘a bunch of bitches’ who are only interested fighting for the money.
“This is a man’s sport. I fight. I like to have job security. Give me somebody in front of me that wants to have their ass beat. Give me somebody that wants to go in there and test their wit against me. I thought this was the UFC and we’re supposed to be the best and toughest fighters in the world. Point and proven, Khabib, McGregor, and Nate Diaz are a bunch of bitches. It’s all fake for them.”
Ferguson has campaigned for a number one contender’s bout against Diaz since Nurmagomedov pulled out of UFC 209, but it’s unlikely that the Stockton local will return to the Octagon for anything less than a mega payday.
Ferguson is tired of the politics and wants his title shot. The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner continued to skewer Diaz and the rest of the contenders, claiming that he is the only real fighter left in the division.
“I’m tired of the leprechaun. I’m tired of these fake-ass dudes. Let some real fighters up in the division. . . I want to fight. I want to work for something and earn it, how about that? When’s the last time somebody actually worked for something and earned it instead of talked their way f—king to it?
“The UFC can only hide me for so long because I’m gonna have that b—ch one way or another. That belt’s gonna be mine. You want to give me another fight, I’m ready for it. You want to give me another interim title fight, that’s fine.”
With Nurmagomedov out of action for the foreseeable future and Diaz happy to sit on the sidelines, Ferguson has even entertained the possibility of moving up to 170 to pursue the welterweight title. The most likely scenario, however, is that Ferguson locks horns with ‘The Eagle’ after he has made a full recovery from his disastrous weight cut in March.