Here’s Why Tony Ferguson Calls Conor McGregor McNuggets

Published 05/08/2021, 1:44 AM EDT
Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; Conor McGregor prior to facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in their UFC lightweight championship fight during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson is a unique personality. His fighting style is just as unorthodox as his character and the way he carries himself. He likes to give nicknames to his fellow fighters. One person ‘El Cucuy’ never calls by his proper name is Conor McGregor. Ferguson calls him McNuggets almost all the time.

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Not to mention, fans seem to really enjoy that from Ferguson. But one may wonder why ‘El Cucuy’ calls ‘The Notorious’ as McNuggets. Well, Ferguson gave the answer back in 2017 in an interview with ESPN.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson looks on while competing against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Money made McGregor soft, I say ‘McNuggets,’ because he’s made of that fake sh*t, that pink stuff from McDonalds that nobody wants,” said Ferguson in 2017. At the time, ‘El Cucuy’, who was on a nine-fight win streak, was scheduled to fight the 24-0 Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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In 2017, McGregor was on a break from the UFC. The fighter, who had won the UFC lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205,  was getting ready to welcome his first child to the family. Despite being away, ‘The Notorious‘ made his boxing debut and raked in the moolah.

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Tony Ferguson calls out Conor McGregor at UFC 229

McGregor was set for his toughest test in his career against ‘The Eagle‘ at UFC 229. But all he could hear from the locker room ahead of the fight was ‘El Cucuy‘ calling him out, referring to him as McNuggets. Ferguson had just defeated Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of the pay-per-view.

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The fight between McGregor and Ferguson is yet to happen. But with both men currently looking to rejuvenate their careers at the UFC’s lightweight division, it might be on the cards in the future. If the duo ever fights, one can expect the build-up to be fun.

Ferguson won’t spare McGregor. He will go after him in every way possible. And of course, the Irish fighter has his own mastery in trash talking.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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