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Tony Ferguson is gearing up for the biggest fight of his life when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 for the interim lightweight title (plus the chance to face undisputed lightweight champion Conor McGregor). In typical Ferguson style, he has a few choice words for the man he hopes to dethrone.

"It's a marathon, not a sprint," Ferguson said when asked if he was unhappy that McGregor got an immediate title shot at 155 on the Jay and Dan show. "A lot of people that float up to the top real quick just keep floating, and then go away."

McGregor has only fought at lightweight once in the UFC, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to become the first ever UFC fighter to hold two belts in two weight classes at the same time. But, Ferguson has been fighting in the division since 2011 and is on a nine fight win streak.

McGregor is currently on paternity leave awaiting the birth of his first child, but has been hyping a fight between himself and boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.

"Conor is on his way out," Ferguson said. "He's using Mayweather as an excuse to come out of the woodwork. This is a real man's sport. If he wants to go into boxing and try to get his ass kicked over there then that's up to him."

Needless to say if Ferguson gets through Khabib (which I think he might) a bout between T-Ferg and McGregor would make me the happiest woman alive.


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