Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson has claimed that Conor McGregor is scared of facing him inside the octagon. The bold statement came as the two are believed to be slugging it out in the not so distant future.

Bold claim

When asked by TMZ Sports if McGregor is scared to step inside the octagon with him, El Cucuy responded that the Dubliner is "absolutely" terrified in him. Ferguson added that the McGregor's got "no spine" and hasn't mentioned his name ever. He even went on stating that "there's nobody else in line" and that the Irishman "can't run away."

Magic Man calls out The Notorious

In line with this, former champ turned boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi is also calling out McGregor after putting him in a bad light.

Fight fans might remember that McGregor had posted some images on his social media accounts that are very much upsetting for Malignaggi and this has prompted the Magic Man to call the attention of the UFC superstar to fight him. That being said, Al Haymon – Malignaggi's adviser - has been revealed to have reached out to UFC President Dana White as they attempt to begin negotiations to make the fight happen.

No go

Meanwhile, White recently appeared on Fox 5's "Good Day New York" stating that McGregor gracing 2018's WrestleMania is "absolutely not true." He added that right before "GDNY" aired on Thursday, he already communicated with World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon as he shot down rumors that have been going around as of late.

"GDNY" co-host Rosanna Scotto then requested to see the text messages sent out by McMahon to White. Per the messages, the WWE top hat stated "news to me" addressing the rumors about the UFC fighter. It was then followed by another message suggesting that the "idea might be good someday, but not now."

Prior to these, the UK Sun reported on Wednesday that McGregor is almost set to make an appearance at next year's WrestleMania 34 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

It added that the news came from someone close to the cage fighter, though the name of the person was not disclosed.

In other news, undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway recently spoke with "The MMA Hour's" Ariel Helwani as he talked about the recent "compliments" made by McGregor towards him a couple of weeks ago.

It may well seem that Holloway is not too impressed with The Notorious' flattering remarks.

The title unification match between McGregor and Ferguson has yet to be formally announced. However, it is likely to happen before the year ends or in early 2018. Watch a video about The Notorious and T-Ferg here: