Since April, Tony Ferguson has been campaigning for a fight against Nate Diaz. Diaz did reveal that he was offered to fight “El Cucuy” for UFC 213 on July 8th, which Diaz accepted at first, but eventually turned down “because of circumstances.”
“Why am I going to do Conor McGregor’s f—king work for him? No fight each other motherf—ker and then you get a shot at the golden child right here, motherf--ker,” Diaz said during his MMA Hour special early this month.
Seemingly fed up with Diaz’s refusal to step up and fight, Ferguson ripped on the Stockton native during Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour.
“Little b-tch. I don’t know. I don’t know what his problem is, dude,” Ferguson said (via MMA Fighting). “Like, I understand that you want to say like, ‘McGregor, I’m not going to do your dirty work.’ Dude, I don’t want to go into name-calling, I don’t have to do that, but I’m talking about if you’re a fighter and you’re in this organization and you say that you’d rather go and ride a bicycle, you’ve got better things to do, that’s cute.”
“That’s real cute. I might as well Stockton slap the sh-t outta you,” Ferguson continued. “Really? I’m from the 808, man. I don’t have to talk about where I’m from, but I’m tough. I’m a hell of a lot tougher than that dude, because money never made me soft.”
“And sh-t, even if it made me soft, I wouldn’t forget where I came from. Because you know what? You’ve got a place to represent — like you said ‘represent.’ You’ve got a man right here that’s calling you out, and you’re not signing on the dotted line? You’re a clown, dude. You’re fake.”
Diaz himself has been vocal about wanting that big payday that he believes he deserves. Ferguson says the fight between them can potentially be the next “money fight”, only if Nate would fulfill his end of the bargain.
“I mean, there’s not too much I have to say to pick him apart. The dude is a good easy target, but I think that obviously if he says how interested he is in training for a good fight, let’s go,” Ferguson said. “If he wants to put all that effort towards a triathlon or something like that, put that effort and everything else towards something that you’re actually in, that you’re ranked in, in the world actually. Put in that effort. Act interested. If not, like I said, get the f--k out.”
“You consider yourself gangster? You’re backing down from a fight. Let’s go, dude. We got a main event that’s open that needs to be filled. So if you want to make some money, you want to impress the fans, you want to get back out there and sell your weed, do your sh-t, that’s fine, man.”
“Put your name back in the crowd. Let’s do this sh-t, man. Sign on the dotted line. Let’s go, kid.”