“It depends on where your heart is, where his heart is at,” Ferguson said. “I want to fight somebody that wants to fight. I don’t want somebody that’s forced to fight. “I want to fight a top contender. I’m one of the best fighters in the world as far as lightweight contention. I’ve put in my time; I’ve put in my numbers. If Conor wants to leave the belt and pursue some sort of victory in the boxing world, which I don’t think he is – the dude’s got a puncher’s chance. But (expletive), vacate the belt right now, drop it, leave it where it’s at, and I’ll fight for the title at International Fight Week against someone else. “The only person I’d really like to go toe-to-toe with that probably needs some lesson taught to is Nate Diaz. I’d love to go toe-to-toe with him. For anybody else out there, they really don’t deserve a shot at fighting with me. Myself, the fans, everybody else would love to see that fight. Battle of California, baby. Let’s do this.” “I would love to have the fight, but putting up with the whole entire camp again, it puts a salty taste in my mouth,” Ferguson said. “It’s like swimming in the ocean. You know it’s good for you, but it puts that taste in your mouth. It’s like the Khabib fight where I can correlate that, because it’s a fight that I want. I want this fight. The fans want this fight. I wouldn’t mind training again for it, but there would have to be some assurances.” At the moment, the only certainty is that he’ll probably have to wait for a resolution. Nurmagomedov is unlikely to accept a fight with the Muslim holiday Ramadan approaching, and McGregor is trying to get in the squared circle with Mayweather, a negotiating process that could take months given the money at stake.
After losing a controversial decision in a rematch with McGregor at UFC 202, Diaz famously said he’d only return to the octagon for a $10 million payday. If Ferguson wants Diaz to agree to a fight, he’ll need to convince the UFC – or someone – to pitch in. #ufc #mma #fightscope #fsp #elcucuy #usa #california #diaz #thenotorious #martialarts #wardiaz #teamdiaz #natediaz #og #compton #nwa #stockton209 #stockton #gym #ko #fitness #crossfit #power #puncher #powerful #champ #camp #cali #love