Top UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson had some choice words for Irish superstar Conor McGregor on Sunday. “El Cucuy” is currently ranked No. 3 in the division and is currently campaigning for a December fight against Bellator import Michael Chandler.
Ferguson is no stranger to calling out the No. 4 ranked lightweight, McGregor. And he took to Twitter on Sunday to rip “Notorious” in typical El Cucuy style, jamming as much as he could in the 280-character tweet limit. He wrote:
“No Balls To Fight A Top Contender. @TheNotoriousMMA you’re washed up laddy. It’s Improper TUF 13 Bish’. Champ S*** Only. You Will Always Be A Replica, Coward. Congrats On The Success #TheItalianJob. -CSO- See you soon Leprechaun. -Champ.”
The tweet also contained a GIF of Ferguson inside the Octagon. See below:
No Balls To Fight A Top Contender. @TheNotoriousMMA you’re washed up laddy. It’s Improper TUF 13 Bish’ 🌱 Champ Shit Only™️ You Will Always Be A Replica, Coward. Congrats On The Success # TheItalianJob ⚔️🕶 -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 See you soon Leprechaun. -Champ 🕴 pic.twitter.com/n7KtctUNCv
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 15, 2020
Ferguson Is Likely Referring to McGregor Accepting a Fight Challenge from Rafael dos Anjos
Ferguson’s remark about McGregor not fighting a top contender was likely made because Notorious accepted a challenge from former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday night.
“RDA” returned to the lightweight division after fighting at 170 pounds for three-and-a-half years. Dos Anjos, who is not yet ranked at lightweight, took on No. 7 ranked lightweight Paul Felder during the main event of UFC Vegas 14 on November 14 and won via split decision. He will likely take Felder’s No. 7 spot in the rankings when they’re updated on Tuesday.
During his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, dos Anjos called out McGregor. Notorious took to Twitter later that night to respond to RDA’s callout, accepting the challenge.
It is important to note that McGregor has been linked to a fight with No. 2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier for January 23, 2021. Notorious also tweeted that he wants to fight “The Diamond” first, and then he’s “down for it all.”
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Ferguson Is Angling for a Fight With 3-Time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler
Chandler is the UFC’s biggest signing since acquiring former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren. Chandler has won the Bellator lightweight title three times and holds notable victories over the likes of former UFC lightweight champions Benson Henderson and Eddie Alvarez, as well as Patricky Freire, the older brother of current Bellator lightweight and featherweight champion Patricio Freire.
Although Chandler is not ranked in the UFC lightweight division, he is largely presumed as a top-10 talent and was the official backup fighter for last month’s UFC 254 lightweight title fight between champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
His services were not needed, however, and if it’s up to Ferguson, he will introduce Chandler to the Octagon.
El Cucuy is currently campaigning to fight Chandler at UFC 256 on December 12. On Friday, Ferguson wrote on Instagram, “Lets Close out 2020 In Style. Michael Chandler you Putz, Ya Asked For It.”
He then took to Instagram on Saturday, writing, “#ufc256 Main Event. @danawhite You said 2020 has been s***** for many. Let’s make it a little better again. Let’s give em’ what they want. The fans deserve this # PandemicGames TUF13 Champ.”