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UFC 249’s Tony Ferguson labels Khabib and Conor McGregor a couple of ‘bitches’ who should just retire

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Ahead of his interim Lightweight title fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 this weekend (Sat., May 9, 2020) in Jacksonville, Fla., Tony Ferguson doesn’t want to hear any talk about Khabib Nurmagomedov. And while we’re at it, “El Cucuy” doesn’t want to hear anything about Conor McGregor, either.

Ferguson made his point crystal clear to the media during a recent conference call to promote UFC 249, which according to Ferguson, will be headlined by an official Lightweight championship fight.

“Fuck Khabib, I’m defending my belt for the third time,” he said. “This is for the real belt, not an interim title. This is for the real championship. I told Khabib he needs to step down and walk away — Khabib is a bitch.

“Him and McNuggets, they both need to fucking retire,” he continued. “The only two real men out there are me and Justin Gaethje. America motherfuckers!”

Of course, Khabib and Ferguson were supposed to fight at UFC 249 on April 18, 2020, but after the COVID-19 pandemic started forcing lockdowns all over the world, “The Eagle” was left stranded in Russia, forcing the cancelation of the bout for the fifth time.

When pressed on the matter of possibly having to face Khabib later this year should he win on Saturday, Ferguson simply said he didn’t have time to worry about a man who doesn’t exist at the moment.

“I’m going to be real, Khabib doesn’t even fucking exist to me right now,” Ferguson said. “That dude fell off the face of the Earth to me. Him and McNuggets. Those dudes are a bunch of fucking bitches. The only dudes who sign on the dotted line are real fucking men.”

In the past, Ferguson tried his best to lobby for a big fight against McGregor, but since the heat from his verbal venom didn’t produce a fire, “El Cucuy” cooled on the idea. Still, booking a fight against Nurmagomedov for the sixth is highly possible as long as Gaethje doesn’t add Ferguson to his already-impressive “Highlight” reel in Jacksonville.

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