Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently revealed plans to have Conor McGregor defend his Lightweight strap against current interim title holder, Tony Ferguson, sometime next year.

Since that proclamation, both “Notorious” and “El Cucuy” have started the promotion for a potential title unification bout via clever Photoshop. To hear Tony tell it, Conor is in desperate need of an as-whopping since he hasn’t shown anything other than he’s a paper champion for failing to defend any of his world titles.

Ever.

“This guy needs an ass whooping at my hands. There is nobody else in line, so he needs to unify the belts,” Ferguson told TMZ Sports. “You can’t run away. If you want a money fight against Nate, set it (the belt) down and fucking walk away,” he said.

Indeed, there are talks about a potential trilogy fight between McGregor and Nate Diaz which could put Ferguson’s fight against “Notorious” on hold for a bit. According to Tony, though, Conor’s pride won’t allow somebody to dub him a paper champ without retaliation.

“But, I guarantee you, he’s an athlete, and he is going to take it right to the heart because he doesn’t like to be called a paper champ. That paper champ is all paper. He talked his way into the title. He has talked his way into a whole lot,” said Ferguson.

“I’m a mental warfare kind of guy. He’s good at this (talking). When you put hose kinds of things together, my high IQ and my fight IQ, it’s way too much for him. I save a lot of my A plus material for that bastard.”

At the end of the day, Ferguson firmly believes Conor dimply doesn’t want any part of him

“He has no backbone, no spine and he’s never mentioned my name ever. He said he was going to watch this fight. Not only did he watch it, but he is sitting around in his yacht saying, ‘Holy shit, I got the boogyman on my tail, the grim reaper is coming for my ass.’ That’s what he’s fucking saying. I have his number. I put the numbers down and I got my belt,” concluded Ferguson.