Conor McGregor's Threat To Nate Diaz Ahead Of The Potential Trilogy Fight

by Eddie Scott October 9, 2017, 0:30
Conor McGregor's Threat To Nate Diaz Ahead Of The Potential Trilogy Fight

"El Cucuy" is the promotion's interim lightweight champion after submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of their UFC 216 showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Ferguson (24-3) roared after claiming his 10th consecutive win and the interim lightweight belt created by McGregor's extended layoff from UFC action since November to await the birth of his son and then lose his boxing match to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26.

For the first time in his professional career, Conor McGregor's going to defend a belt. "He's never mentioned my name, not one time during this whole entire time". I'll ankle pick him.

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"Tony's the interim champion".

White added that McGregor is eyeing up a return to the Octagon before the year's end. "It's the fight that has to happen".

And, despite finding himself on the receiving end of a huge slam early in the third round, Ferguson took over, nearly finishing the 24-year-old with an armbar before eventually forcing the submission via a triangle choke.

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He came back minutes before the deadline and weighed in at 154.5 pounds, again full naked, making the fight official and saving the UFC from another pay-per-view card disaster. "I came out here and gave my best", he said.

"We were just out there having fun", Ferguson said. "You f**king piece of s**t". He even wanted to allow Lee to take him down, so he could work off of his back to get a submission. There's a lingering trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, as well as an unsettled rivalry with retired boxing champion Paulie Mallignaggi.

In addition to the drama surrounding the main event, UFC 216 also lost the lightweight bout between former Bellator champion Will Brooks and Nik Lentz on Friday morning, after Lentz was pulled from the card as a result of medical issues, reducing tomorrow's fight card to 12 bouts.

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Last weekend, McGregor laid out the wealth of options available to him and said he would be watching the Ferguson v Lee bout with interest. He's got nowhere else to run. "Defend or vacate, motherf**ker!"

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