But that won't stop people on inside the fight game from giving their opinion.
Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), now ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, claimed his share of the belt with an impressive win over a very tough Kevin Lee at this past weekend's UFC 216 event. "Dana, by going out there at the press conference and saying publicly that Ferguson has to fight Conor, that takes the momentum away from Diaz, so that's gonna soften his stance on the 20 million". And he believes fans feel the same way.
Ferguson is currently the only interim champion in the UFC right now, but Max Holloway was the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion heading into 2017. That's why Dana is pushing the Ferguson fight. The video is below via the UFC on Fox YouTube page. Fights with Justin Gaethje or Eddie Alvarez could see Lee enter the top five with a win, but there's one that could most likely be the next step for Lee, Edson Barboza. The audio is from Submission Radio's YouTube page. Roddy isn't so sure Ferguson could absorb that kind of damage without going down and out for good. "He wouldn't be the interim champion if he wasn't good. And I will put some pain on you, bro".
"You know, he's tough as well". He just sits back and watches the battles play out until he finally decides one is worthy enough to fight him. "He's got me to deal with, and I'm going to expose that dude". So it will be exciting. They don't want to be called liars, and I don't want to make them a liar, so this s-- needs to happen. But of course, it makes sense that [Ferguson] fights, he defends the belt. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is fighting George St. Pierre at UFC 217 and St. Pierre hasn't fought for almost four years.
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"I think Conor's full of sh*t", he told Ariel Helwani. "It is insane but realistically, if that was boxing, for an event that size, a fight that big for the PPV numbers, I feel like the boxer would get that money or close to it". It's the trilogy. The first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went - you know, who wouldn't want to see the third fight?
UFC champion Conor McGregor is reportedly in talks to appear in the WWE next year.
"I just want to see him back in there sooner rather than later". "That's what I imagine".