Coming off of the canceled fight at UFC 209, lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is ready for his next Octagon challenge. If the fighter gets his way, that next challenge would come in the form of Nate Diaz.
“I’m just throwing a name out there, but I think Nate Diaz and myself could actually put on a good show,” he said on The MMA Hour. “I think his ranking is kind of bullshit too, but I don’t really see anybody else. I mean, Edson Barboza called me out, but it is what it is. Everything’s in the air right now. I want to fight for the title. I want a fair fight, I want to go in there and kick this dude’s ass no matter who’s signed to the dotted line, and fucking move on. And kick Conor’s ass. I don’t know what he’s up to, but lets just go.”
Ferguson hasn’t competed since defeating former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98. Besides a potential bout with Diaz, the lightweight fighter doesn't seem keen on the the idea of fighting Edson Barboza again.
“For an opponent, let’s just say I want to fight Edson Barboza again, let’s just say something like that, what is that going to do for me?” he said. “Absolutely nothing. Michael Johnson, possibly. Possibly. But I’m not going that far down the rankings. The purpose is I worked my ass off. I need to do something about that belt. Lets get that belt and keep moving up these ranks.”
Diaz has been asking for big deal fights, and a bout with Ferguson could be just that.