Tony Ferguson desires the UFC to make matters appropriate with him fiscally just before he returns to the octagon for his next battle.
Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC), a former UFC interim lightweight champion, was making ready to struggle on Saturday at UFC 254 against a quantity of possible opponents, but it under no circumstances arrived to fruition.
“El Cucuy” hasn’t fought given that his UFC 249 reduction to Justin Gaethje in May possibly and claimed his workforce could not get to conditions with UFC brass to get him back in the cage this weekend. Now the condition has seemingly strike a standstill.
“I’m not likely to bull(expletive) any longer,” Ferguson instructed MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “(UFC president) Dana (White) is great. Me and Dana are chill. But when it arrives down to it, I want to be compensated what I’m worthy of, and my price has elevated. I put out there a good deal of energy. I never have to talk about it. I don’t have to converse about my contracts and say (expletive) about it, simply because all people else does that. I’m earlier that. I’ve been in this business for 10-moreover decades.”
Ferguson did not reveal just how considerably aside the two sides are on negotiations. He reported it is not a private scenario, but he seems prepared to dig his heels in until eventually a reasonable resolution is met.
“I’m not even inquiring something,” Ferguson stated. “Check that (expletive) out. Everybody is like, ‘Hey, you are inquiring this, there is issues here.’ There is no (expletive) difficulties. Every person tries to set words and phrases in my mouth. I have zero issues with anybody. I have zero (expletive). I’ll contact Dana, bro, and I’ll be authentic. I’m the only male that will call his voicemail. I’m not proud of that, but that’s wherever I’m at in my contemplating and my views.
“I explained we weren’t pals. I never explained we have been buddies, but we are in business and we are a club. Dana understands how clutch I am from ‘The Top Fighter.’ I experienced that (expletive) tryout and I gained. I have entirely changed my (expletive) imagined system. I’m not the similar (expletive) fighter.”
The 36-year-aged did have some potent phrases for UFC head honcho White, although. Multiple occasions of contention in the fighter-promoter romance have existed around the years, and there is an argument to be built that Ferguson hasn’t gotten his truthful shake at moments.
In the direct-up to UFC 254, which sees Gaethje problem Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed 155-pound title in the most important function, White has mentioned that Ferguson desires a earn just before obtaining a title opportunity. White said previous Bellator winner Michael Chandler, who serves as an alternate for the UFC 254 title struggle, could be a potential opponent.
That notion evidently does not sit properly with Ferguson, who evidently doesn’t see the matchup as sensible.
“Chandler? Feel about this: How lots of occasions are you likely to put an additional (expletive) individual in the (expletive) shuffle of the playing cards?” Ferguson asked. “Dana retains shuffling me down the record. What? Simply because I’m (expletive) Mexican? What’s up Dana, you never like Mexicans? You don’t like brown people? I’m not going to get in touch with you a racist, but what the (expletive), male? What’d I do to you? Why do you take care of me like (expletive)? My last name is Ferguson. I really do not want to get mad any longer. I never. I’m not going to. But that staying mentioned, I reported my piece. I’m way too fast paced operating.
“I’ve acquired (my supervisor) Lloyd (Pierson of VaynerSports) and them to function on my contracts. If they don’t want to get me a fight, then (expletive) it, dude. I’m not heading to (expletive) and moan. I’m heading to keep doing the job. People will not buy their (expletive) spend-for every-sights, and then they’ll let their buddies know. Then their close friends are going to enable somebody else know, for the reason that when you do not have a great time somewhere, they are heading to inform a few far more persons. It’s what I learned in the cafe business enterprise. So hear. If you have a undesirable time somewhere, you are heading to (expletive) notify every person.”
Ferguson produced it crystal clear he doesn’t feel he’s the only 1 who has been disrespected by White. He said he’s found it with preceding generations and in the fashionable working day, as well.
For Ferguson, while, he said he’s not permitting his feelings on White sour his frame of mind or damage his inner thoughts about the UFC firm as a whole.
“A whole lot of these more youthful fighters, they really don’t regard the simple fact (that) Chuck (Liddell) and Tito (Ortiz) and all those people more mature men – those are like my massive brothers and my huge uncles – they acquired addressed like (expletive), far too,” Ferguson reported. “My age group bought addressed like (expletive) by Dana, much too. Dana’s like, I’m likely to be authentic: I really do not think he’s incredibly spiritual, but he’s heading to make his decisions and he’s heading to be him. But I know 1 detail, I know the organization, they are clutch. And so am I.
“All of us as the fighters at the UFC, I have been here for a extremely extended time and these are some of the toughest (expletive) operating folks. That function underneath strain, the most clutch (men and women) and they get the (expletive) (expletive) carried out. I have witnessed it 1st (expletive) hand. I love it. I adore to be a portion of it. Which is why I say there’s no conflict in this (expletive). I employ the service of people today for that stuff. Very seriously, person. I like this (expletive) video game. It is so great, dude.”
Ferguson reiterated that he intends to keep on being idle until his staff reaches an agreement with the UFC. He mentioned he’s in discussions for a Submission Underground grappling match with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre but did not give a timeline for when that could occur.
As considerably as stepping into the octagon, even though, the outcome of the Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje struggle will form the upcoming of the fat course. Ferguson stated his longtime rival Nurmagomedov is on the radar but expressed uncertainties about it occurring after five cancellations.
“Khabib’s under no circumstances heading to fight me,” Ferguson explained. “He’s never heading to battle me. 3 periods in a row he did not want to struggle me. They have a combat this weekend, and they’re both equally managed by the very same (expletive) men and women.
“Some points you just can’t force. I’m likely to be serious. Matters are just meant to happen. I’m heading to kick Khabib’s ass one particular way or yet another. I’ll make his ass do his pushups either way. He’ll see me before the 12 months is completed. I never know how. I’ll make absolutely sure I Zoom his ass and say, ‘Hey, you son of a (expletive), I’m going to kick your ass.’ I’ll feel of anything.”
Ferguson has mentioned he will fight everyone so lengthy as he’s appropriately compensated for it. Only a pair of fights actually pique his fascination, although, and all those are the extended overdue clash with Nurmagomedov or previous UFC champ Conor McGregor.
“I have Khabib I could chat (expletive) to, and I have Conor,” Ferguson said. “These are two fights that interest me mainly because they’re in my body weight class, they are incredibly fantastic talent-sensible, and I think could conquer them both equally. Very substantially. It would be dope to struggle in a event with me, Conor, you obtained Khabib, you bought Gaethje. One of those people old-school UFC 1 type of items. Which is what I’m indicating.”