Tony Ferguson: I’m not interested in fighting Conor McGregor

During the UFC 216 media day on Wednesday, Tony Ferguson says he will not be joining those calling out McGregor.  Ferguson, who will be headlining UFC 216 on Saturday in Las Vegas alongside Kevin Lee, as they fight for the UFC interim lightweight title, says he is not that interested in “red panty night:”

I like blue panties. He’s not gonna defend or vacate, he’s gonna have to fight me. There’s no insider information. He’s never spoken my name. I’m one of the most ruthless vatos out there. This guy, he doesn’t want a part of me. I’m not aiming at him. I don’t give two f–ks.

Ferguson thinks McGregor is avoiding a fight against the best in the division:

I don’t want to fight someone who doesn’t want to fight me or compete against some of the best. When you’re saying, ‘I’ll fight anybody, anytime.’ You’re f–king full of shit. For me, I’ve been fighting anybody, any time, any weight – straight up.

Ferguson explodes at possible McGregor-Diaz III: I will Stockton slap the s**t out of Nate

At UFC 216, Ferguson takes on Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight championship, and should he win the belt, Ferguson would expect to be first to face current UFC lightweight champion McGregor, whenever McGregor decides to return to MMA. But rumors, and McGregor’s coaching staff, suggest that McGregor will complete his trilogy with Diaz when he does next defend his lightweight strap, leaving Ferguson out in the cold again.

Ferguson speaks about the potential of getting passed over for a title shot even if he wins the interim title, saying that the UFC needs to honor his belt and make McGregor face him should he win.

I believe that they absolutely need to. If that’s my belt and he has the belt, they need to unify both belts. F**k that Nate Diaz three shit. Both those b**ches f**in – they want to try and act like they want to go and make money. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f**king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s**t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff?

Kevin Lee: I’ll murder Conor McGregor…after I beat Ferguson

Lee says he wants McGregor’s belt after he beats Tony Ferguson at UFC 216.

Tony is the toughest fighter in this division. He’s a tougher fighter than McGregor for sure…McGregor’s got zero to lose fighting Mayweather…You can call Conor the champ I guess, because he is on paper…Let’s see what he can do again a young [guy] in his prime…I’ma f**k him up, you feel me? … He knows if the folks wouldn’t break it up, I’ll kill the man. I’ll murder him.