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Conor McGregor’s future is currently unclear, but interim UFC lightweight champ Tony Ferguson is calling him out.

After earning the title at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee in October, Ferguson wants a a title unification against McGregor in early 2018.

The new champ underwent elbow surgery last week, but isn’t expected to miss much time. He took to social media over the weekend, calling out Conor and saying he’ll be ready in 2018.

“I asked Doc if he could make my elbows any more sharper,” Ferguson wrote. “Well … [with] a wink and a nod it was done!!! T’was a very minor surgery and now getting ready to unify my belt with McNuggets in the first [quarter] of the year (March – April), as recovery is going great!!! #DefendorVacate”

"Keep Em' Sharp" So I Asked Doc If He Could Make My Elbows Any More Sharper πŸ’ͺ😎 Well… w/ A Wink & A Nod It Was Done!!! T'Was A Very Minor Surgery & Now Getting Ready To Unify My Belt W/ McNuggets @thenotoriousmma In The 1st 1/4 Of The Year (March – April) As Recovery Is Going Great!!! #DefendorVacate MF'erπŸ–•πŸ½πŸ˜Ž The First Day Of Therapy Was Huge, "I Never Liked Sitting On The Sidelines" 😎✌️@repair_sports_institute_hb Almost To Full Flexibility & Next Is Strength πŸ‹οΈThanks Doctor Mora, @danawhite & @ufc For The OrthoScope It Was A Success #TSKYH Great Job πŸ‘ , I Look Forward To Kicking McNuggets Ass & Defending My Strap For A Decade Or Two πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ†πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ #AndTheNew #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsuβ„’ #SnapDownCity My Mat MF'ers πŸ–•πŸ½πŸ˜Ž

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The UFC has been in talks with McGregor about a new deal. While he’s under contract with the organization, he wants a new deal before fighting again.

UFC president Dana White said recently acknowledged that McGregor deserves a new deal, but said he wouldn’t be surprised if he never fights again… after receiving a massive payday for his August fight against Floyd Mayweather.