Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Conor McGregor's Threat To Nate Diaz Ahead Of The Potential Trilogy Fight

Conor McGregor's Threat To Nate Diaz Ahead Of The Potential Trilogy Fight

All the while Ferguson had his mind on other things following his win, directing his energy toward Conor McGregor soon after, having less amicable words for the fighter.

Derrick Lewis was forced out of the fight earlier in the day after a back injury flared up and Harris agreed to move from his fight with Mark Godbeer to meet the former champion. And Conor's awesome. There's no way that's not a great fight.

That elevation skill, by Ferguson's thinking, leaves McGregor next.

"This fight went exactly the way I wanted it to be", Ferguson declared at the match's end. Just under 60 minutes after he was cleared, Lee returned, stepped on the scale and weighed in at 154.5 pounds, making Saturday's interim lightweight title fight official.

"I'm saving my good material" for McGregor, Ferguson said.

Ferguson theorized: "The boy's scared". McGregor's decision to move from featherweight to lightweight previous year was part of the reason Ferguson had to win nine straight fights, an inordinately high amount, before receiving a title shot.

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His coach John Kavanagh wants to see the Crumlin native fight Nate Diaz for the third time but UFC boss White insists the Stockton bruiser is not part of the picture. He's got nowhere else to run.

But Ferguson, 33, relying on supreme conditioning enhanced during a rigorous training camp in Big Bear, Calif., overcame a cut under his left eye and landed clean kicks on Lee in the second.

"Tony's the toughest fight in this division", Lee said. "You've got to let him blow off some steam and then we'll figure it out". He even wanted to allow Lee to take him down, so he could work off of his back to get a submission.

"Tony was the better man tonight", he added of his opponent.

When asked if he had spoken to McGregor about his return to the octagon, White said that McGregor intends to fight again before the year is over but that he is still enjoying some time off following his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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