UFC president Dana White still hasn’t confirmed who will challenge the winner of Saturday’s highly anticipated lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, but fans believe Tony Ferguson should get the next title shot.
The wild card, of course, is former two-division champion Conor McGregor, who is undoubtedly the biggest star in MMA. The Irishman was submitted by Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 but a rematch with ‘The Eagle’ would likely surpass the first fight as one of the biggest PPV events in UFC history,
Ferguson, however, believes McGregor has become an ‘irrelevant’ fighter and claims fans will never allow ‘The Notorious’ to get the next title shot over himself.
“No way man, the fans wouldn’t have it, they’d put up too much of a fight,” Ferguson said during a recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (h/t Adam Guillen Jr. of MMA Mania). “He’s been fighting old men lately, he’s trying to fight Mark Wahlberg. Maybe that’s the fight for him. The dude’s got a couple of things, making his money, doing his thing. I don’t know if he wants to fight anymore, but he is not my concern.”
“He is like one of those ex-girlfriends. I stopped worrying about that dude. At first he was in line trying to go for the title, and once he became irrelevant I stopped caring about him. Now he’s mentioning my name? Get the fuck out of here dude, come on.”
Both Ferguson and McGregor will obviously be keeping a close eye on UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday, Sept. 7 at du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.