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."
But, with McGregor on an extended paternity leave and campaigning for a boxing match against #FloydMayweather, 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 #KhabibNurmagomedov. The fight was scrapped 24 hours before the bout after Nurmagomedov was hospitalized after weight cut issues.
There is no timeline on #ConorMcGregor'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 #TheUltimateFighter, 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.