Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee are going to be battling for the vacant UFC Interim Lightweight Title next month in the main event of UFC 216.
Rumors have surfaced of a potential third fight between UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, which Ferguson is none too happy about.
“I believe that they absolutely need to. If that’s my belt and he has the belt, they need to unify both belts. F**k that Nate Diaz three shit. Both those b**ches f**in - they want to try and act like they want to go and make money. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f**king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s**t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff?,” Ferguson said on Submission Radio.
Diaz won the initial meeting between himself and McGregor at UFC 196, while McGregor won the rematch at UFC 202.
Rubber match or not between McGregor and Diaz, the lightweight contender knows that winning the UFC Interim Lightweight Title is going to bring him closer to greatness.
“Absolutely. I mean, let me take Kevin Lee out of the picture for one second because every time that dude opens up his mouth he’s so irrelevant it’s not even funny. He might be fighting for the belt, but it’s still privilege, I’m giving him the opportunity. So that b**ch, when he’s saying it’s a real belt or a fake belt, he’s saying the same s**t that I said but he’s reiterating it. If it’s real enough, if I can see it, if I can feel it and I can hold it, that b**ch is real enough for me. So this is my belt, this is what it’s about and everyone knows what it takes to get to where it’s at, I didn’t just talk my way to get there. So once I see that b**ch around my waist it’s gonna be awesome, it’s just gonna be the next step towards greatness,” says Ferguson.
UFC 216 takes place on Saturday, October 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.