Thems fightin’ words, Mr. Ferguson! Tony Ferguson has already begun the war of words with Conor McGregor. Providing this fight gets made next, we will hear from Conor soon enough. For now, it’s a lot of Tony Ferguson stirring the proverbial pot.
“He’s an athlete and going to take it right to the heart because he doesn’t like to be called a paper champ. That paper champ is on paper. He talked his way to the title and talked his way into a whole lot. I’m a mental warfare kind of guy. He’s good at (talking). So when you put those things together, my fight IQ is way too much for this guy.”
Tony goes on to say Conor ‘has no backbone’ and is ‘yellow’. Whether or not Tony actually believes this, he is baiting Conor into a fight. If Conor turns it down, then Tony has all of these words to fall back on. The last thing in the world McGregor wants is to look like he’s scared. So, if he takes the fight with Tony, mission accomplished. If he turns it down and does some other bizarre circus fight, Tony is seen as the one true lightweight champion.