Tony Ferguson claims UFC's interim lightweight belt, calls out Conor McGregor


Tony Ferguson whittled down the myriad of options for Conor McGregor's next fight to a simple pair - defend or vacate.

As UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues to recover from moonlighting as a professional boxer, business has picked up considerably at 155 pounds. "I'm going to kick your ass", Ferguson said in the microphone following his victory, challenging McGregor. There's no way that's not a great fight.

That elevation skill, by Ferguson's thinking, leaves McGregor next. He went and partied in Ibiza for a while and went back home for a while.

"You guys know what a insane jiu-jitsu guy Joe Rogan is - Rogan was up in the ring, he goes, 'I've never even seen that in a jiu-jitsu match, '" White said at the UFC 216 post-fight press conference. But McGregor, as he would be the first to say, is above the rules.

"No one has talked to me since the sale happened", said McGregor following WME-IMG's €3.54 billion purchase of the UFC previous year.

Ferguson theorized: "The boy's scared".

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At the post-fight press conference UFC president Dana White was asked if he had spoken to McGregor about his future plans - and White confirmed he had. Plus, it doesn't sound like McGregor is in any kind of hurry to fight again. He's never mentioned my name not one time. He has nowhere to run.

But Ferguson recovered superbly and found his rhythm in the second frame, establishing his jab and taking control as Lee, suffering with a staph infection, started to tire early on. "I came out here and gave my best", he said.

In the fifth round, Johnson (27-2-1) lifted and threw No. 3-rated challenger Ray Borg (11-3) backward, threw his two legs over Borg's chest and applied a fight-finishing armbar by squeezing Borg's left arm. "You've got to let him blow off some steam and then we'll figure it out".

White added that McGregor is eyeing up a return to the Octagon before the year's end.

However it took an additional hour to get things squared away for the main event of the evening.