Former UFC interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson seeks to clash with a high-level matchup on his return, either ex-champion Conor McGregor or top contender Dustin Poirier to put him back for title contention facing whoever prevails between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje on their upcoming UFC Lightweight Championship fight.
“You want to give me Conor, you give me Conor. You want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, and then we’ll fight for the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight,” Ferguson told ESPN (via MMA Junkie).
“I would love to compete against Khabib, Poirier, McGregor. Those are the three right there. Why? Talent-wise, that’s why. Not because of any other ways or means. Because of the talent and the athletic respect that I have for their talent that they have in this sport.”
Ferguson was originally slated to fight Khabib for the UFC Lightweight title at UFC 249, but with the latter unable to leave Russia due to travel restrictions brought by COVID-19, Ferguson fought Gaethje instead for the interim title. you can check many Updated Sports News only from trusted information site, Onlinebetnow!
The 36-year-old fighter lost against Gaethje at the fifth round by technical knockout, adding damage to his professional record to 25-4 and marked his first loss since 2012.
UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that Khabib and Gaethje will meet at UFC 255 scheduled on October 24 as the winner will be determined as the UFC Lightweight champion.
Upon Ferguson’s desired opponents, both would be first time fights and could mean a big business opportunity for UFC.