When Tony Ferguson defeats 223 Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC, a fight with Conor McGregor seems the next logical step.
But it's not necessarily the fight he's most interested in.
"Conor Who?" Ferguson asked today in Los Angeles. "I mean, the guy is not in the picture, straight on, I mean, bless his heart, he's made his money, he's doing his thing, he has education for his kid, we all want that, right?"  Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) meet in the Main Event of UFC 223, which takes place in April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
"El Cucuy" already holds the provisional lightweight title of the promotion, but the undisputed belt ̵
McGregor has hinted a UFC return later this year after a prolonged dismissal with his blockbuster boxing match (and incredibly lucrative payday) with Floyd Mayweather.
But Ferguson is not necessarily sold on the idea that McGregor wants to return and regain the belt. With tens of millions of dollars in the bank, why should he, asks Ferguson?
"Conor, he has influenced a lot of fighters," said Ferguson. "That's cool, man, this is Dope, but it took a lot of work to get there, not just (talking), it took work, you have to earn it …. with so much loot, what are you going to do Do you go back to a sport where you have to bleed? No, take care, man, really, go and do your thing.
"If you have to hypnotize it and you want to come back, because that's the one Sport and the athlete in you is – the guy I met at Paradigm Sports when I shook his hand and I "You better stay at 145 because we have problems," he finds nowhere. Straight. Well, if he wants to come back, that's great. But my concern is not him – it's the next person in the series.
There is not really a clear challenger willing to challenge the Ferguson Nurmagomedov winner, so the next person in the series could have a handful of athletes And while Ferguson says he certainly does not miss the upcoming challenge, if he gets a chance to select someone in the UFC for his next fight, he would rise to 170 pounds and replace former champion Georges St-Pierre (26 -2 MMA, 20-2 UFC)
"GSP," Ferguson said, "I mean, I signed up for that at the beginning. I was 170 pounds; 155 was imposed on me. One hundred and seventy pounds, where I have 12 fights. "
Ferguson started his career at 170 pounds and even won" The Ultimate Fighter 13 "which competed in that division, so a return to the weight class is certainly not farfetched, he believes St-Pierre is a big money fight Ferguson also believes that the former champion is the first choice. "
" A GSP match, I mean, he wants a money fight, but he's an athlete, "Ferguson said." We have to pay all the bills. You have to pay your taxes. … watch out, because if you do not and you're not careful and you're just fighting for money fighting, you forget, and (the belt) starts to lose its shine. It is clouded.
To hear more from Ferguson, watch the video above or click below for the full interview.