The UFC lightweight division is a crazy one. Champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov is out due to a suspension and has said he won’t return until November. Meanwhile, featherweight champion, Max Holloway will move up in weight to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 for the interim lightweight title.
That has resulted in Al Iaquinta and Tony Ferguson on the outside looking in. Leaving Iaquinta to now want to fight Ferguson next.
“He’s definitely not too bright. That’s a weird dude. That’s one weird individual,” Iaquinta said to Submission Radio. “So, I don’t know what he thinks about, but I think it would be a good fight. I think I’d get to him. I think I’d get to him for sure. His best attribute is just that he’s a wild man.
“He’s crazy, he’s got good cardio, and I think my cardio is just as good, but I’m way more seasoned, way more polished. He makes way too many mistakes. And his craziness kind of gets him through it, but I’m too… you know, Kevin Lee was winning and then Kevin Lee broke. He gets it done somehow.
“I don’t know how he does it, but he’s not doing it against me. He’s not doing that. No way. No way. I refuse nothing less than knocking out Tony Ferguson if that fight gets made. You know, as dumb as he is, maybe the smartest thing is not to fight me for him, that’s for sure.”
Iaquinta last fought in November where he defeated Kevin Lee for the second time by unanimous decision. Ferguson meanwhile, fought at UFC 229 where he beat Anthony Pettis by TKO, due to a doctor stoppage. The two fighting each other makes sense given both are in the top-five and both do not have any fights lined up. However, Ferguson wants the Nurmagomedov fight, so for now, it is just Iaquinta’s wish.