Tony Ferguson has taken aim at Conor McGregor in his latest Twitter rant after branding the Irishman as a ‘coward’ for ‘not having the balls to fight a top contender’.
The former interim champion has been very vocal on social media as of late after he used his platform to call out Michael Chandler as he looks ready to take to the octagon once again.
However, just days after calling out Chandler, Ferguson has moved on to blasting McGregor and claims that ‘Notorious’ is dodging a fight with best fighters the UFC currently has to offer.
Tony Ferguson (left) has taken aim at Conor McGregor (right) for being a ‘coward’ on Twitter
Ferguson took to Twitter to label McGregor as a ‘replica’ and a ‘coward’ for dodging fights
McGregor is set to make a sensational return to the UFC in January to face Dustin Poirier, with the fight provisionally pencilled in for UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
And while the contracts are all but signed, Ferguson has accused McGregor of being a coward.
‘No balls to fight a top contender,’ . ‘@TheNotoriousMMA you’re washed up laddy. It’s improper TUF 13 Bish’ champ s*** only you will always be a patek philippe aquanaut replica, coward. Congrats on the success #TheItalianJob See you soon Leprechaun. -Champ.’
Some fans have taken issue with Ferguson’s call-out considering Poirier is currently ranked higher than him.
McGregor confirmed he will face Dustin Poirier (R) next, who is ranked higher than Ferguson
Rafael dos Anjos has also called out McGregor, saying that it is now ‘the fight to make’
Others have pointed out that ‘El Cucuy’ was referring to McGregor accepting a fight with Rafael dos Anjos, who called out the Irishman after beating Paul Felder at UFC Vegas 14 on Sunday night.
And while the 36-year-old’s cryptic tweet didn’t establish who he was referring to, it is clear that the American wants to be next on the list to fight the Dublin-born lightweight.
For now, a fight with Chandler looks to be on the cards for Ferguson in December at UFC 256 as he looks to bounce back from his defeat to Justin Gaethje in May.
For McGregor, a fight with Poirier is next on the agenda while a ‘throwback’ bout with dos Anjos could be on the cards.
Some fans took issue with Ferguson’s call-out considering Poirier is ranked higher than him
Others pointed out Ferguson may be referring to McGregor accepting a fight with dos Anjos
The pair were set to face each other in 2016, but dos Anjos withdrew from the fight after breaking his foot, with Nate Diaz stepping in to replace him.
Diaz managed to get the better of McGregor as he secured a surprise victory before the Irishman exacted revenge in their blockbuster rematch.
Last month UFC’s lightweight champion and No 1 pound-for-pound fighter Nurmagomedov retired from the sport after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
UFC president Dana White is, however, confident that Nurmagomedov will return for at least one more fight and has refused to strip him of the title.