UFC interim champ Tony Ferguson warns Conor McGregor: ‘You’re in check, and I’m great at chess’
Tony Ferguson continued his takeover of the UFC lightweight division when he scored his 10th consecutive victory with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee.
With the interim belt in his possession, standard procedure means Ferguson should next receive a unification match with McGregor.
“The boy’s scared,” Ferguson said. “He’s never mentioned my name one time. Not one time during this whole entire talk. I’ve been here, I have 10 consecutive victories, I’m interim lightweight champ. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. It could be Khabib; it could be Conor. I’m going to go back to the drawing board, and I’m going to talk to my agents and talk to my team. But the fight is with Conor. It is with Conor. You can’t run anymore, man. You’re in check. And I’m great at chess.”
“This is chess,” Ferguson said. “This is check. He’s going to be in checkmate soon. He’s running out of time. He needs to defend or vacate. But if he isn’t going to defend it, I’ll tell you what: Just set it down, Conor, and just (expletive) walk away, and nobody will get hurt.”