After a failed weight cut by Khabib Nurmagomedov stalled Tony Ferguson’s quest for UFC gold at UFC 209, ‘El Cucuy’ has set his sights on the last man to beat the current lightweight champion in Nate Diaz.

Speaking on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast, Ferguson poured scorn on Diaz’s hiatus from the sport since losing a rematch to Conor McGregor and urged one-half of Stockton’s favourite brothers to step back into the Octagon.

“He’s all on McGregor’s ****, he’s like a ******* bad ex-girlfriend,” Ferguson said. “You’ve gotta move on, dude. If you really want that money fight then you’re probably hurting for money. Literally, if you have that money fight, you should pay your taxes and then move on. This is a fighter sport. You’re ranked number what, eight? Ninth? Don’t you want to be better than that? ****, dude you beat is ranked higher than you. Don’t you want an opportunity at the belt? Come on. I’m skipping a couple names but I’m giving you an opportunity. I’m doing you a favor, I’m not doing myself a ******* favor. I’m giving you a chance but if you don’t want it, that’s cool. I’ll give somebody else a chance.”

“Nate, you’re not the last option. If you don’t want to fight, go hide in a hole. But you’ve got to admit on Twitter that you don’t want to fight me. You’re ******* scared homie. All that ****’s gotta go out the ******* window. ‘Don’t be scared homie.’ People are gonna start throwing that **** away and it’s gonna be crazy.

“You can wait for McNuggets but we all know if you wait for that fool, if he fights Mayweather and he doesn’t fight again, you might not get another chance for a big money fight besides this guy. So I’m giving you a shot. If you want it, it’s perfect. If you like it, sign on the dotted line.”

Ferguson would also go on to extend his options to the welterweight division, the weight class he started his career at, and was more than open towards a potential fight with any of the big names at 170 lbs.

“You want me to bump up a weight class and fight Tyron Woodley? I sized that dude up too and that dude is not that big,” Ferguson said. “I sized up Wonderboy too. Carlos Condit. You know I got into this UFC game for Georges St-Pierre? Because he was at 170 pounds. When I fought I was 10-2, 11-2 after I won The Ultimate Fighter at 170 pounds. That was my 170-pound record, 11-2. I’m 23-3 now. So I’ve been fluctuating between two weight classes. I own 170 and 155. These are my weight classes. You want me to go back up to 170? I’m beefy. I feel good at 170. My wife loves me at 170. So, we’ve got options.”