UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson says that 155lb champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is his next target after he defeated Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a much anticipated fight at UFC 238 on Saturday night.
Ferguson switched gears in the post-fight press conference and renewed his back-and-forth with longtime rival Nurmagomedov.
He referred to him as Tiramisu.
This nicknames stems from Khabib’s issues with making weight in advance of fights.
“I’ve got 12 [wins] in a row, I should be calling the f***ing shots,” Ferguson said to the media in Chicago post-fight.
“I’ve had a title already, everyone else needs an [evaluation]. I don’t know what else I have to do in this division to keep after it, man. Like I said, it’s a round robin tournament but I’m tired of it, man.
“I’m here to stay. I am the f***ing champ. I don’t have to go on and refurbish a lot of that stuff. You guys know what I’m about. I’m about the business. You guys know about learning and growing.”
Dustin Poirier, who is in the midst of a winning streak of his own, has been afforded the next opportunity against Khabib – a move which leaves Ferguson unsure of his next move. One possibility, he says, is Conor McGregor.
“If Dustin Poirier don’t do it I’m going to do it, man. Tiramisu (Khabib) needs an ass-whooping, he needs two to the stomach from me. If it’s McNuggets (Conor McGregor), the ‘money fight’ or whatever, he’s an athlete too. I know the division misses him inside here. I’m pretty sure he misses the fight game too.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) June 9, 2019
With the Russian champion set to defend his crown against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September, Ferguson first has to wait to see what happens.
The Fight game can sometimes be the Waiting game.
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