If there are truly MMA-Gods, they will make this fight happen. After Khabib Nurmagomedov missed weight and ruined the potential fight of the year between him and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209, the UFC must make a decision on what to do about the Lightweight Interim Belt. We all know by now that McGregor vs. Mayweather is basically a done deal as far as IF it will happen, it's now just a matter of when and where, so with McGregor being sidelined for a few more months, possibly event the rest of 2017, a move must be made.
Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz are stylistically as close as two fighters in the Lightweight division can get, both having great reach, stand-up, and excellent submission skills, so this fight truly would be an incredibly entertaining one. On top of that, it will provide the UFC and Conor McGregor with a win-win when he returns to defend his Lightweight Championship, because as I have been saying for months and months, the absolute best way for the McGregor-Diaz Trilogy fight to go down would be with the Lightweight Championship on the line. I mean, c'mon, you can't write a better script even if this were the WWE. And even if Nate loses, Tony Ferguson is a killer that has called out Conor McGregor's legitimacy as a champion and would be a true test for "The Notorious", and would prove just how real of a deal he is at 155-pounds.
I know Nate Diaz and Dana White have not been seeing eye-to-eye in the last few months, and while Tony Ferguson would fight Khabib, he has said it will only be if he is promised every penny he's supposed to earn, whether Khabib shows up or not. In a fight that would be, as Ferguson put it, "a battle of California", and I think fans everywhere would rejoice in the opportunity to watch these two warriors go head-to-head, especially with a chance at Conor McGregor on the line.
Please make it happen Dana!!!!!!!!