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Tony Ferguson addresses McGregor and other 'pansies' in lightweight division

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'El Cucuy' says fighters need to stop trying to imitate McGregor by 'dressing up in suits and worrying about the labels and money'.

The current state of the lightweight division doesn't interest Tony Ferguson too much. After much confusion and a series of conflicting reports, it was announced last week that Conor McGregor would challenge Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205 in New York. Also on the card will be top ranked contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson, who will battle it out to possibly determine the next No. 1 contender.

Ferguson, though, has kept his name out of the headlines and has no doubt that he will be the next fighter to rule the lightweight throne. The 32-year-old has rattled off eight straight wins and has beaten the likes of Gleison Tibau, Josh Thomson and Edson Barboza. 18 of his 22 wins have come via stoppage and The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner recently submitted UFC newcomer, Lando Vannata at UFC Fight Night 91.

"Honestly, all those whiney bitches can fight over the belt," Ferguson told Submission Radio in a recent interview. "When I get to that spot, they better seriously recycle that belt because so many damn filthy hands have been on it. Seriously, I'm the only one that's been earning the shit in this division. You can talk your way to the division (McGregor) and you can sit out for the longest time and try to wait for a title shot (Nurmagomedov) -- I've been earning my way up the whole entire time, taking great fights, taking moderate fights, but no matter what, coming out with finishes."

Ferguson also referred to the rest of the division as 'pansies' and says that they're too concerned with how they look and what clothes they wear.

"I'm tired of it. All these other little dudes, they're a bunch of pansies. They need to stop dressing up in suits and worrying about the labels and money and stuff like that and realize what really fighting's about -- that's pride and doing your best and not worrying about the other bullshit. I'm tired of it, man."

El Cucuy is referring to the New York press conference last week that featured Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez on the main stage. Both men -- wearing suits -- traded insults back-and-forth, with 'The Notorious' continuously bringing up Alvarez' "bum" life and lesser salary.

Before Alvarez vs. McGregor goes down at UFC 205 on Nov 12, Ferguson will take on former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos the week before at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 finale at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.