WEDNESDAY NEWS DIGEST 2/27: Conor McGregor responds to Tony Ferguson call-out, Dustin Poirier admits shock at interim title booking, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Conor McGregor at UFC 229 press conference (Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray © USA Today Sports)

No sauce

Tony Ferguson is the odd man out in the lightweight division right now. Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are both suspended and now Max Holloway has entered the mix to partake in an interim title fight with Dustin Poirier.

With no fight on the horizon, Ferguson has taken to Twitter to try and stir something up with McGregor.

Calling McGregor “No Sauce McNuggets,” Ferguson promised to “Test That Chin Of His.” Not exactly the strongest trash talk from Ferguson. It seems doubtful the Nevada Athletic Commission would have an issue with it, but it was enough to get McGregor’s attention nonetheless.

“If we have the ability to go back, Tony. Then we have the ability to go forward again!” McGregor tweeted. “I wish you well and am praying for you as a fellow colleague. Respect to my Paradigm familia. Yours sincerely, Burger King.”

It appears that McGregor isn’t too interested in whatever Ferguson is proposing. It could be because McGregor knows there are bigger fights for him out there when he is eligible to return in April. That could mean a rematch with Nurmagomedov or perhaps the rumored fight with Donald Cerrone comes together. Regardless, it seems Tony Ferguson will have to look elsewhere to get his next fight.

Crazy

Dustin Poirier continued to express his surprise at the turn of events that sees him fighting Max Holloway for the UFC interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 in April. After being frustrated and seemingly being looked over for big fights, Poirier was ready to ask for his release from UFC. Now he finds himself in a position to be near the top of UFC’s most stacked division.

“This wasn’t even in the realm of [possibility],” Poirier told Luke Thomas on “The MMA Hour”. “When I was sitting back and getting frustrated and thinking about the fights that could be available or even thinking outside the box, this was a fight I never put together. It really came together out of nowhere, and here we are, man. Contract signed. It’s happening, April 13th.”

Even being in the position he is in, Poirier admits he doesn’t fully understand UFC’s mindset and plans for the future of the division, but he’s just going to worry about Holloway and hope everything comes together.

“I’ve said it before, I’m not a matchmaker, I don’t call the shots,” he said. I just prepare and fight the guys after I sign the contract. So, you know I was getting frustrated with the whole situation at lightweight, and that’s just what it is. I don’t know what to say. I’m not a matchmaker, I don’t know the logic behind the decisions they make. But I’m happy with this one.”

Poirier also told Thomas that if this fight came together a couple of years ago, it wouldn’t have been a good time so he is glad that it’s happening now. He promises he’ll be ready.

“Right now is perfect timing. I just feel really good mentally. Physically, I’m in a good place. I know what I can do, I know how dangerous I am, I know what I’m capable of, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time.”

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