Tony Ferguson Calls Conor McGregor Out For Title Unification Bout

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Tony Ferguson just had elbow surgery, but still, he doesn’t want to wait long to unify the UFC lightweight title—he wants to fight Conor McGregor  in a title unification bout sometime in the next four months.

“I asked Doc if he could make my elbows any more sharper,” Ferguson wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “Well … [with] a wink and a nod it was done!!! T’was a very minor surgery and now getting ready to unify my belt with McNuggets in the first [quarter] of the year (March – April), as recovery is going great!!! #DefendorVacate”


“Keep Em’ Sharp” So I Asked Doc If He Could Make My Elbows Any More Sharper 💪😎 Well… w/ A Wink & A Nod It Was Done!!! T’Was A Very Minor Surgery & Now Getting Ready To Unify My Belt W/ McNuggets @thenotoriousmma In The 1st 1/4 Of The Year (March – April) As Recovery Is Going Great!!! #DefendorVacate MF’er🖕🏽😎 The First Day Of Therapy Was Huge, “I Never Liked Sitting On The Sidelines” 😎✌️@repair_sports_institute_hb Almost To Full Flexibility & Next Is Strength 🏋️Thanks Doctor Mora, @danawhite & @ufc For The OrthoScope It Was A Success #TSKYH Great Job 👍 , I Look Forward To Kicking McNuggets Ass & Defending My Strap For A Decade Or Two 🇲🇽🏆🇺🇸 #AndTheNew #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™ #SnapDownCity My Mat MF’ers 🖕🏽😎

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Ferguson, aka “El Cucuy,” took the interim lightweight belt when he bested Kevin Lee at UFC 2016 in October. McGregor staked his claim to the title when he knocked Eddie Alvarez out in the second round of their bout at UFC 205 in November 2016.

The Irishman hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts since, instead raking in dough for a boxing defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.

On paper, the title unification bout makes perfect sense. But two weeks UFC president Dana White suggested McGregor might never return to the octagon.