It’s not clear yet what’s next for Tony Ferguson, but if the UFC books him for a non-title fight, or doesn’t pay him champ type cash, it sounds like there’s going to be a problem…
Ferguson continues to recover from a disastrous and freak knee injury, which pulled him from UFC 223 last month, approximately one week out. “El Cucuy” was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in the card’s headliner, in a fight that was for the UFC’s lightweight title.
Well, although Ferguson dropped out, Nurmagomedov ended up fighting Al Iaquinta, and secured the title via a unanimous decision win. Before the fight went down, Dana White said that the interim belt Ferguson was holding, wouldn’t exist any longer. That news, not surprisingly, didn’t sit well with Ferguson.
Well, fast forward to today, and Ferguson recently spoke with ESPN. During the interview, the lightweight reported that he thinks he’ll be ready to fight in November. He also claimed that the UFC hasn’t said anything to his management, about him not being the interim champ.
In addition, Ferguson made it clear that he’s going to pretty, pretty upset, if the UFC doesn’t tap him for a championship bout, or a big paying contest.
“That’s a big middle finger to ‘T-Ferg’ right there — that’s a kick to the groin if they do that,” Ferguson said. “At the end of the day, does the UFC really like its fighters? I’m one of their toughest fighters. Don’t kick me when I’m down.
“I missed out on pay-per-view points, my purse, a big payday; a lot of things behind the scenes. They have to either give me my title back or make sure I’m fighting under that same contract. I’ve earned that.”
Even if you’re not down with “El Cucuy”, it’s pretty hard to argue with him here right? After all, he won the interim title due to Conor McGregor’s inactivity in the Octagon, and he never lost that belt in the cage. Sure, McGregor didn’t either, but he hasn’t fought under the UFC banner since November, 2016. Ferguson just competed last October, and was signed to fight last month.
Plus, we are talking about a guy who has won 10 straight bouts, and has definitely earned the right to compete in championship fights. So, it will be very interesting to see what the UFC does here. Will they offer Ferguson the option to wait for the winner of Nurmagomedov – McGregor? Or ask him to fight in the interim, but with a champ like check attached to the contest?