Tony Ferguson says Conor McGregor doesn't want to fight him

Doug Mendoza
October 8, 2017

There was some drama earlier today, as Kevin Lee needed some extra time to make the 155 pound limit for his interim title fight with Tony Ferguson, which will headline Saturday's card. Ferguson is set to face Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight title again, but it will be in the shadow of this disgusting tragedy.

McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh is keen on seeing his fighter take on Nate Diaz in a trilogy bout next, but "The Notorious" will be keeping a close eye on this evening's headliner at the T-Mobile Arena. And I would venture to say Tony's probably not a lot smaller at this point. With each subsequent appearance, Ferguson has turned doubters into believers, showcasing an unorthodox, but effective style that makes him hard for opponents to solve and tremendously entertaining to watch.

"Nathan [Nate Diaz] is there". He's not a guy who is going to be broken or get down on the cards and suddenly start fighting not to get finished.

"I've already gone from the highest of the high in terms of a money fight". "Defend or vacate. The belt belongs in the UFC. He's so good that people are like, 'Ehhh, I know who's gonna win that one'".

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Johnson is the best fighter on the planet and has no real holes, so while I think Borg is the most well-rounded and balanced fighter Johnson has faced outside of Joseph Benavidez, I still believe the gap between the two is ginormous and "Mighty Mouse" will once again demonstrate his dominance. That's where my thoughts are. I go back to the corner, I reassess. That's a little bit exciting for me. "I have the ability to take the chaos and mold it like I said".

Johnson is a monster -1200 favorite (bet $1200 to win $100), with Borg listed as a +700 underdog (bet $100 to win $700) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Step up Kevin Lee who along with his own five-fight winning streak, his mouth has earned him a fight for the belt and official number one contender status. The biggest victory of that run came in June this year with a first-round submission victory over Michael Chiesa. If Johnson wins, it will be his 11th consecutive title defense, breaking a tie with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for the most in UFC history.

In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight title on the line against Ray Borg. Borg, who has had issues with making weight, and fell ill last month in trying to make weight for that bout, forcing a cancellation, made it this time with no problems.

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