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Tony Ferguson Calls Conor McGregor a “Paper Champ”

Kelsey Mowatt

Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor has silenced a lot of doubters and critics with his wins over Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez, but Tony Ferguson still believes the champ hasn’t truly been vetted.

After McGregor was submitted by Diaz in March, more than a few folks argued the bout demonstrated the Irish star should head back to 145. But, McGregor faced Diaz again at 170 pounds, and scored a UD win. Then, when McGregor was booked to fight Alvarez for the lightweight title last month, many argued the latter’s power and wrestling game would be too much. McGregor dominated the fight, however, and finished Alvarez in round two.

Well, recently Mr. Ferguson appeared on “Submission Radio” and “El Cucuy” said this about McGregor (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“This guy’s picking his opponents. He’s a paper champ. When you’re doing that, of course you’re going to be watching who you’re fighting…I can’t really see Conor as the champion. I see right now as if the title was open. Conor’s taking a step off and I don’t even like to throw his name in because the dude fought one person at 155. I’ve been sitting here and Khabib, he’s been kind of inactive. I’ve been the most active in this damn place… I’m racking up points here, that’s all that matters. I’m gonna go down in the books as a living legend. That’s what’s gonna happen, I’m gonna be in the UFC Hall of Fame.”

Ferguson certainly isn’t the only person who feels McGregor still needs to face some other top tier fighters, before they’re convinced of his P4p contender status (McGregor’s currently #2 in the UFC’s P4P division). The argument being that while McGregor has scored ridiculously impressive wins over men like Jose Aldo and Alvarez, he has yet to face guys like Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, who have been on unbelievable runs.

Ferguson went on to say that he’s more than willing to face Nurmagomedov in early 2017, while the expecting father McGregor takes a break.

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