Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier called out by Tony Ferguson in UFC title eliminator to face Khabib vs Gaethje winner


TONY FERGUSON has called out Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to fight him in a UFC lightweight title eliminator.

Interim champion Justin Gaethje – who beat Ferguson in May – is set to unify the belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

Ferguson, 36, is desperate to again challenge for the UFC title, but is open to facing McGregor, 32, or Poirier, 31, to earn it.

He told ESPN: “So far as fights go, if Conor wants to fight, I’m down for that. I’d love to fight a southpaw. I’d do really well.

“I knocked Aaron Riley’s jaw in that one on accident, so I mean, when it comes down to me fighting standup, you gotta remember when I fought Edson Barboza.

“It’s a lot different. This mix and matching kind of stuff like that, if it does happen again, cool. I’m already used to it.

“Doesn’t matter – opponent switches, Covid, anything else wants to pop up, we’re used to it now.

“You want to give me Conor, you give me Conor.

“You want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, and then we’ll fight for the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight.”

Ferguson was scheduled to fight Nurmagomedov, 31, at UFC 249 two months ago until the pandemic forced the Russian champion out of the headliner.

Gaethje, 31, would instead step in and hand Ferguson his first loss in 12 fights and seven years.

He still wants to settle the score with unbeaten Khabib while also sharing the octagon with fellow contenders McGregor and Poirier.

Ferguson said: “I would love to compete against Khabib, Poirier, McGregor.

“Those are the three right there. Why? Talent-wise, that’s why. Not because of any other ways or means.

“Because of the talent and the athletic respect that I have for their talent that they have in this sport.”


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