Demetrious Johnson lands incredible suplex-to-armbar finish at UFC 216

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"Tony is the interim champion; Conor is the champion".

"I wanted to demonstrate to everyone that I'm a full, complete MMA fighter", Ferguson said of landing kicks against Lee, then winning even though Lee was atop him in the third round. There's no way that's not a great fight.

However, while Ferguson is adamant about facing McGregor next. "So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight - I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, 'Got you'".

Ferguson smartly banked on the belief that the Lee would begin to fatigue as the fight wore on, after needing to drop significant weight for Friday's weigh-in.

"I'm saving my good material" for McGregor, Ferguson said.

"No one has talked to me since the sale happened", said McGregor following WME-IMG's €3.54 billion purchase of the UFC past year.

"That boy is scared", Ferguson said. He's not mentioned my name one time.

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McGregor has four fights left on his current deal with the UFC but he insisted after his win over Eddie Alvarez previous year that the UFC brass needed to come talk to him about an equity stake before he fights again in the promotion.

McGregor could want to wait until St. Patrick's Day night for his return after pocketing an estimated $100 million against Mayweather, but the UFC may press to have him return in its December 30 card. He has nowhere to run.

Earlier, flyweight king Demetrious Johnson (125 pounds) and challenger Ray Borg (124) both made weight to confirm their title fight.

While McGregor likes the idea of fighting Khabib in Russian Federation, his inconsistency in showing up to fights puts millions in promoting at stake if he doesn't make weight.

"Tony was the better man tonight".

"Obviously, I'm not in the sport to take concussions or blows".

"El Cucuy" proceeded to call out the Irishman in his post-fight speech but while a McGregor vs Ferguson match-up is a mouthwatering one for the hardcore fan, it could be Nate Diaz who ends up as the next opponent for the 29-year-old.