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Tony Ferguson claims UFC's interim lightweight belt, calls out Conor McGregor

Tony Ferguson claims UFC's interim lightweight belt, calls out Conor McGregor

Tony Ferguson submitted fellow challenger Kevin Lee to capture the interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 216, then called for a unification fight with undisputed champion Conor McGregor.

Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee - for interim lightweight titleDemetrious Johnson vs. The 25-year-old Lee, meanwhile, also rode a wave of momentum into the night's headliner. "He's never mentioned my name, not one time during this whole entire time".

Ferguson let his guard down and allowed Lee to hit him, especially in the first round, but continued to talk trash regardless.

McGregor warns that if Nate keeps making demands about the trilogy fight, he will go ahead and fight the victor of the interim title.

White added that he has "kinda" talked to McGregor about his next fight.

'Obviously, Conor had an opportunity to make a lot of money [against Mayweather], and I felt it was my duty to try and make that fight happen.

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The date to accomplish a meeting by the end of the calendar year is December 30 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. "You slap him on the ass, and he comes forward just like I wanted him to".

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Lee said he felt the effects of cutting 19 pounds in less than 24 hours before Friday's weigh-in, and from battling a staph infection without using antibiotics.

There's only one way to find out, and the concern is that McGregor will choose something other than unifying the lightweight titles.

"I wanted to demonstrate to everyone that I'm a full, complete MMA fighter", Ferguson said of landing kicks against Lee, then winning even though Lee was atop him in the third round.

McGregor has four fights left on his current deal with the UFC but he insisted after his win over Eddie Alvarez past year that the UFC brass needed to come talk to him about an equity stake before he fights again in the promotion. "He's going to be in checkmate soon", Ferguson told the media at the presser. He needs to defend or vacate.