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UFC 216: Tony Ferguson Tells Conor McGregor “You’re in Check, And I’m Great at Chess”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 216: Tony Ferguson Tells Conor McGregor “You’re in Check, And I’m Great at Chess”

Tony Ferguson has been arguing for months that Conor McGregor doesn’t want anything to do with him, and now that he’s the interim lightweight champ, “El Cucuy” isn’t letting up.

Ferguson battled Kevin Lee last night for the interim 155 title, and after taking some heavy shots in round two, he rebounded in round two. By round three, Ferguson appeared to be the much fresher fighter, and he proceeded to submit Lee with a beautiful, triangle-choke.

Immediately after the win, Ferguson wasted no time before calling out McGregor. Then, after the event, the ridiculously dangerous fighter directed these comments at the Irish star (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“The boy’s scared,” Ferguson said. “He’s never mentioned my name one time. Not one time during this whole entire talk. I’ve been here, I have 10 consecutive victories, I’m interim lightweight champ. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. It could be Khabib; it could be Conor. I’m going to go back to the drawing board, and I’m going to talk to my agents and talk to my team. But the fight is with Conor. It is with Conor. You can’t run anymore, man. You’re in check. And I’m great at chess.”

“This is chess,” Ferguson added. “This is check. He’s going to be in checkmate soon. He’s running out of time. He needs to defend or vacate. But if he isn’t going to defend it, I’ll tell you what: Just set it down, Conor, and just (expletive) walk away, and nobody will get hurt.”

There you have it. It seems like more-and-more people are in agreement with the idea that McGregor needs to defend the belt. The big question is now, whether enough fans are going to call for McGregor – Ferguson. It sounds like Dana White wants to make that bout happen, and happen somewhat soon.

A few days ago, McGregor said he cares about legitimizing the lightweight ranks, that he was going to watch Ferguson – Lee, and monitor the “energy”. So, now that Ferguson’s scored a memorable win, will McGregor call on the UFC to sign that fight?

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