UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has taken aim at Conor McGregor following the suggestion that a mooted clash at UFC 219 could be off due to the Irishman’s antics at Bellator 187.
McGregor invaded the cage following teammate Charlie Ward’s victory over John Redmond and, following a rebuke from referee Marc Goddard, proceeded to curse at and push the official.
It was a move that could bring stern consequences to the UFC champion and it has been reported overnight that he has been pulled from the end-of-year event at UFC 219.
It was here that McGregor was expected to take on Tony Ferguson in a lightweight unification fight and following the news this may not now be going ahead, the interim champion took to social media to voice his thoughts.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 12, 2017
The colourful and hashtag-laden tweet makes Ferguson’s opinion perfectly clear. Having long since demanded McGregor either defends or vacates his title, the American now believes the Irishman’s antics at the recent Bellator event was a way to get out of any fight with Ferguson at UFC 219.
With ramifications, if any, for McGregor’s recent infractions yet to be determined, there is a degree of uncertainty over just when he will return to the octagon.
Presumably removed from the December 30 event in Las Vegas, it looks like fans, and Ferguson, will have to wait until the new year for The Notorious to return to the arena that made him king.