UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has revealed in a new interview that he’s current in contract negotations to fight interim titleholder Tony Ferguson next.
“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything,” McGregor told the Independant.ie. “It’s been like that for a long, long time, I feel, so it’s just another day for me. I know there are many contenders in the UFC. There are many boxing contenders as well. What interests me is certainly a UFC bout, certainly a defense of my lightweight title. There is a fighter with the interim lightweight belt. I feel that will be next. We’ll see how negotiations go.”
McGregor then went on to talk about other potential fights that he could take instead.
“The Diaz trilogy is also there. I can defend my belt against Nate. Maybe we can persuade one of these boxing opponents to step into the Octagon, or there’s also boxing bouts as well. So, there’s so many options.”
UFC President Dana White has already gone on record with his belief that the Ferguson fight has to be next though, and it seems that McGregor agrees with that assessment.
“I feel to legitimize the belt — there’s an interim champion, I’m the unified champion — I feel that will be next. We are currently in contract negotiations, and we’ll see where it goes.”