It’s been a rough few days for Tony Ferguson, who had to suddenly withdraw from his Main Event fight at UFC 223 due to injury and was stripped of his interim UFC Lightweight belt as a result.
El Cucuy also had to put up with Tweets insulting him for having to withdraw as well as the circumstances behind his latest injury. Two such tweets came from Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, who both made light of the fact that this is not the first time Ferguson has had to withdraw from a fight.
Ferguson was not putting up with any trash talk from those two, however, and hit back at both McGregor and Diaz through Twitter. First, Ferguson poked fun at McGregor’s lack of desire to defend the lightweight title.
“Can’t pull out if you never fight, McNuggets,” Ferguson Tweeted. “Stay in your lane, McDucker…Good job ‘Staying Ready’.“
He then turned his attention to Nate Diaz, who has not fought since losing to Conor McGregor back in August 2016. Ferguson accused Diaz of refusing to fight anyone since the loss and used Diaz’s words about “not making it to war” against him.
“Last time I checked you ducked the whole roster,” he Tweeted to Diaz. “Can’t fight in a war if you never sign up for battle.”
Ferguson withdrew from the lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov on Sunday – six days before the scheduled match – due to a knee injury. He was replaced by UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway.