Many fans and critics have speculated what McGregor’s next move will be. “Notorious” is the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title holder, but Ferguson recently captured interim gold. While a unification bout would make sense, a third bout with Diaz is likely to be more lucrative.
During a recent appearance on MMAFighting.com‘s “The MMA Hour, Nurmagomedov gave his take on what should happen:
“We have almost 12 weeks, 11 weeks before UFC 219. And now is the beginning a very interesting moment in my life. I hope UFC gives me a championship fight. End of the year, I want to take everything back. Attention, belts; I want to take everything. End of the year, I want to fix everything. And we’ll see what happens. But first of all, I think UFC has to make the fight, Conor versus Nate Diaz 3, and after, me and Tony.”
“The Eagle” went on to praise “El Cucuy.”
“Because, my opinion, I think Tony Ferguson is the real champion. That’s why. I don’t think, if I fight versus Tony Ferguson, this is an interim belt. Officially, yes. But people want to see me versus Tony Ferguson. I think this is a much better fight, for everything. If I beat Tony Ferguson and take the interim championship belt — Conor’s the official champion, but he’s not the people’s champion.”