Tony Ferguson criticises Conor McGregor for taking a UFC hiatus

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are seen as the two top lightweight contenders that are next in line to take on Conor McGregor for his championship.

Unfortunately, only one of them will get the potential opportunity, and a clash between the pair for the interim crown has been speculated, with the winner going on to challenge the Irishman.

VERBAL BATTLES

The unbeaten Dagestani decided to take the verbal route when staking his claim for a title shot, and he hasn’t stopped since UFC 205.

However, Ferguson had been the quieter of the two, that was until this week when he finally spoke out about The Eagle’s antics, and his thoughts on the reigning lightweight champion.

When he spoke on The MMA Hour, he revealed that he had a very good reason to stay quiet while everybody else talked.

He said: “What else is there to say?

“It’s like a chess game, and I’ve got three moves. These dudes are not going anywhere, I’ve cornered them in a spot and they have nowhere to go.
“You’ve got Conor taking a leave of absence, and you’ve got Khabib Nurmagomedov right in front of me. I don’t think [Eddie] Alvarez is going to be in the picture and I don’t see MJ [Michael Johnson] or anybody else posing a threat, so that’s why I kept quiet.”

HITTING OUT AT MCGREGOR

Now that the guys over at MMAFighting have managed to get El Cucuy to speak up, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to stop either.

Although he’s claimed he’s interested in fighting Nurmagomedov next year – following two of their fights falling through previously – he isn’t too impressed with the Notorious either.