TONY FERGUSON insisted only Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are worthy of an "ass whopping" at UFC 249.
Ferguson, 36, was left devastated after his shot at Nurmagomedov's lightweight title was taken away from him with the Russian pulling out of the fight having travelled back home and remaining in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 'cursed' fight has now been axed for a fifth time, but UFC boss Dana White has had offers from Dustin Poirer and Justin Gaethje to fill Nurmagomedov's place while welterweight rivals Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal verbally agreed to fight each other.
But Ferguson – left in the lurch without a named opponent – is adamant only two men are deserving of the fight.
He told ESPN: “Nobody else deserves that ass whopping (other than) two people: that’s McNuggets and Team Tiramisu.
"That is Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
"Khabib’s a b****. I told him I was gonna mop the f***ing floor with his hat, the dude jammed out."
Ferguson claims Dagestan grappler Nurmagomedov, 30, is "running scared" and does not deserve to keep his belt.
He said: "He obviously knew what he could do to help save this card.
"He didn't want to take any of those chances. Everybody is taking risks trying to do it. He bailed out, man. It's pretty hard to explain, but he bailed out, man.
"The guy does not want to fight, he was scared, he’s running, he should be stripped of his title.
"I’m always down to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere."
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