Tony Ferguson lost out on the opportunity to smash Khabib Nurmagomedov when the Dagestani blew his weight cut and fell ill, so now it’s Plan B in terms of making the most of his career. That’s right, if a title shot is eluding him, the next best thing is to talk his way into a “money” fight.

Since champ Conor McGregor has bigger fish to fry against Floyd Mayweather, Ferguson must target Nate Diaz instead.

As per ESPN:

Diaz, who fights out of Stockton, California, has pretty much stated a third meeting with McGregor is the only fight that makes sense for him at this point.

Ferguson says it’s fine if Diaz feels that way — he’ll find someone else to terrorize — but he wants everyone to acknowledge it. He’s offering Diaz a chance to move up in the rankings and fight for an interim belt.

“You’re ranked, what? No. 8 or 9?” Ferguson said of Diaz. “Don’t you want to be better than that? S—, dude, the last guy you beat [McGregor] is ranked higher than you. Don’t you want an opportunity at the belt? You’re skipping a couple names. I’m giving you an opportunity. I’m doing you a favor.

“If you don’t want to fight, go hide in a hole, but you’ve got to admit on Twitter you don’t want to fight me because you’re f—ing scared, homie,” Ferguson said, mimicking a phrase made famous by Diaz’s older brother, Nick. “All that s— goes out the window.”