Tony Ferguson wants Conor McGregor to vacate his UFC lightweight belt.
Ferguson then wants to fight Nate Diaz for the title during International Fight Week.
Speaking on the UFC Tonight show, “Vacate the belt right now, drop it, leave it where it’s at and we’ll fight for the title belt International Fight Week. I know the only person I would like to go toe-to-toe with that probably needs some [talking to] is Nate Diaz,” Ferguson said.
“I’d love to go toe-to-toe with him. For anybody else that’s out there, they don’t really deserve a shot at fighting with me. Myself, the fans, everybody else would love to see that fight. Battle of California. Let’s do this.”
Diaz hasn’t fought since losing to McGregor last year and according to UFC supremo Dana White has been turning down fights, apparently wanting a trilogy fight with McGregor. A title fight make him return to the octagon.
Ferguson is still keen to finally take on Khabib Nurmagomedov after their fight was cancelled for UFC 209 due to Nurmagomedov being hospitalised with a bad weight cut.
“I think I would love to have the fight,” Ferguson said about a potential Nurmagomedov fight. “Putting up with the whole entire camp again and going through all the battles again, just puts a salty taste in my mouth. It’s like going out and swimming in the ocean. You know it’s good for you but it puts that taste in your mouth. It’s like the Khabib fight where I can correlate that because it’s a fight that I want. I want this fight, the fans want this fight. It’s something where I wouldn’t mind training again for it.
“It would have to be some assurance for it because I love getting my hands wrapped. I love having that feeling of being able to sling on that leather, that new smell that you get. You walk outside into the cage and into the arena where you see thousands of fans going crazy or they’re booing, doesn’t matter whatever it is. But the fact is putting on that leather and going in there and slinging it, especially against Khabib, I would love to.”