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Rumors of a potential interim lightweight championship match-up between Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz have yet to be confirmed, but Ferguson seems to think the fight won't happen — and he has other plans.

"He's all on [Conor] McGregor's ****, he's like a bad ex-girlfriend," Ferguson said on the Five Rounds Podcast. "You gotta move on dude."

has said he will not return to the UFC until he finishes his trilogy with McGregor, who currently holds the UFC lightweight title.

But, with McGregor on an extended paternity leave and campaigning for a boxing match against , Ferguson says he doesn't understand why Diaz would turn down a shot at the belt.

"I'm doing you a favor," he said. "If you don't want it, that's cool — give somebody else a chance."

Ferguson was close to a title shot earlier this year when he was paired with . The fight was scrapped 24 hours before the bout after Nurmagomedov was hospitalized after weight cut issues.

There is no timeline on 's return, but Ferguson said he isn't losing sleep at night wondering if he will ever return. Looking for a title fight of some kind, Ferguson has also considered a potential fight at welterweight.

"Want me to bump up a weight class and fight Tyron Woodley? I sized that dude up too," he said. "And that dude is not that big."

Ferguson went 11-2 as a welterweight, which included a run through , taking the show's thirteenth season at 170 pounds. Now 22-3 as a professional MMA fight, Ferguson is currently ranked number two in the lightweight divisional rankings. He is on a nine-fight win streak.

"I owned 170 and 155," he said. "These are my weight classes. Want me to go back up to 170? I'm beefy. I feel good at 170."

The UFC has yet to announce its plans for Ferguson.


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