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Top-ranked UFC Lightweight contender Tony Ferguson open to Featherweight drop, future 'super fight' against Jose Aldo

Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports

Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, allegedly wants no part of Tony Ferguson, "El Cucuy" might have to drop down to Featherweight to pick a fight. Once declaring that he’s be open to fighting in three divisions, Ferguson claims he is down to making the cut to 145 pounds for a potential "super" fight against current division champion, Jose Aldo.

"Maybe (Jose) Aldo -- jump down to 145, see what's up down there," Ferguson told FOX Sports. "155's pretty fun. Maybe bump up to 170. Just thinking about my weight right now, my wife got me this juice cleanse because I was getting kind of heavy. I should step on the scale right now — 185 (pounds)."

Currently ranked No. 2 at Lightweight, Ferguson is riding a nine-fight win streak, defeating some of the best fighters the 155-pound division has to offer, including former division kingpin Rafael dos Anjos. Still, if going through a tough weight cut to shed an extra 10 pounds means that he can secure a big-money opportunity, Ferguson is all for it.

"I can do it -- I'm a wrestler, I've been doing this a long time, I'm really focused," Ferguson said. "145 would be really fun to test myself mentally, too. A lot of people, they like to climb these peaks and they like to do all these other things. I like to push my body to just extremes to get past the mental toughness barriers.

"So fighting at 145, that would be great," he continued. "If Kenny Florian can do it, I can do it."

Ferguson revealed that a potential match up against Khabib Nurmagomedov -- the No. 1 ranked Lightweight in the world -- was in the works for the now-rescheduled pay-per-view (PPV) event that was supposed to go down in Anaheim earlier in 2017. However, "The Eagle" camp decided that he needed a bit more time. That said, "El Cucuy" doesn’t mind waiting just a bit longer for his much-desired showdown against the dominant Dagestani. But, if the promotion decides to give him another fight in the interim, he’ll be ready just the same.

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