The UFC has a lightweight champ named Conor McGregor, but as you and I both know, McGregor does what he wants with whom he wants, and promoters and potential opponents will always play along with those desires because at the other end is an ungodly amount of money for all involved. That’s great for McGregor, but for the rest of the common people in the UFC’s lightweight division, that kinda sucks.
At UFC 216, a well-deserving Tony Ferguson will face Kevin Lee for the interim title. In theory – IN THEORY – the winner should face McGregor next. But if the Irishman decides that fighting a live rhinoceros would sell more pay-per-views, you better believe athletic commissions will bend over backwards to license that damn rhinoceros.
Ferguson isn’t happy with that notion, or the notion of McGregor having a third fight with Nate Diaz.
As per MMAFighting:
“This has been my division before McNuggets even stepped into this b*tch,” Ferguson said. “Even when I was at Paradigm Sports Management, he signed up at 145 pounds. The agreement was he wasn’t going to come up to 155 pounds, but that raised a conflict of interest and I’m pissed, so that b*tch needs to fight me or he needs to fight the guy that’s holding the belt.
“I mean, really? You have rankings for a reason,” Ferguson added. “You have an interim belt for a reason — so you can unify the thing. The guy (Diaz) is what, a top-10 (lightweight)? Not even a top-five? Kevin Lee’s got more heart than Nate, and I have more heart than this whole entire division. So if they want to put that fight together, then that’s great, but you know the fans will be pissed, because obviously they know that f*cking Diaz and Conor is going to make a lot of money, but the real righteous thing to do is to make sure the belts become unified. That’s what really needs to happen.”