Tony Ferguson has laid down a challenge to Conor Mcregor, inviting the Irishman to come out of retirement to face him in a UFC lightweight title eliminator.
Ferguson wants to meet McGregor in the Octagon, and has come up with an idea which he hopes will entice the sport’s biggest name to take the bait.
Ferguson, 36, is desperate to again challenge for the UFC title, but is open to facing McGregor, 32, or Dustin Poirier, 31, to earn the right to aim for the top.
Following his surprise defeat by Justin Gaethje, Ferguson knows he must put in the work to get back onto the main stage.
With this in mind he has suggested the winner of a prospective clash with McGregor faces the victor of the title clash between Gaethje and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
‘So far as fights go, if Conor wants to fight, I’m down for that. I’d love to fight a southpaw. I’d do really well,’ Ferguson told ESPN.
‘I knocked Aaron Riley’s jaw in that one on accident, so I mean, when it comes down to me fighting stand up, you gotta remember when I fought Edson Barboza.
‘It’s a lot different. This mix and matching kind of stuff like that, if it does happen again, cool. I’m already used to it.
‘Doesn’t matter – opponent switches, Covid, anything else wants to pop up, we’re used to it now.’
Ferguson also insists he is open to facing Poirier in a similar situation, should McGregor opt to remain retired from the sport.
‘You want to give me Conor, you give me Conor.
‘You want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, and then we’ll fight for the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight,’ he added.
Ferguson is still battling to get himself back on top after losing to Gaethje earlier in the year, in what was a last-minute arrangement.
The Californian was scheduled to fight Khabib, 31, at UFC 249 two months ago until the pandemic forced the Russian champion out of the headliner.