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Tony Ferguson answers questions from the media at a press conference in 2018.

Tony Ferguson blasts Conor McGregor for having ‘no balls to fight a top contender’

Tony Ferguson believes Conor McGregor is scared of fighting the top contenders at lightweight.

After McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title, the Irishman took over a year off and returned against Donald Cerrone in a fight many fans weren’t fond of. However, McGregor went out there and TKO’d him in 40 seconds, leaving no doubt he is still among the elite at 155-pounds. Yet, for Ferguson, he doesn’t think that is true as the Irishman won’t fight the top-ranked opponents at lightweight.

“No Balls To Fight A Top Contender. @TheNotoriousMMA you’re washed up laddy. It’s Improper TUF 13 Bish’ Champ Shit Only. You Will Always Be A Replica, Coward. Congrats On The Success # TheItalianJob -CSO- See you soon Leprechaun. -Champ,” Ferguson tweeted.

Although Tony Ferguson doesn’t think Conor McGregor fights top-ranked opponents, he is scheduled to face Dustin Poirier in January and is currently listed as the favorite in the fight according to Winline. “The Diamond” is currently the second-ranked lightweight and the former interim lightweight champion, so he is a top-ranked opponent. However, Ferguson is not the first fighter to accuse McGregor of picking easy fights.

Tony Ferguson has not fought since May of this year when he lost to Justin Gaethje by fifth-round TKO for the interim lightweight title. It was his first loss since 2012 stretching 12 fights. During that run, he beat the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, and Edson Barboza among others. He has since called out Michael Chandler to fight him at UFC 256.

Conor McGregor, as mentioned, agreed to fight Poirier on Jan. 23. If the fight does come to fruition on that date, it will be the first time he competes in a year. The Irishman made his return to the Octagon at UFC 246 with a 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone. Before that, he suffered a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 for the lightweight title.

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