Tony Ferguson isn’t satisfied with the way his UFC 254 negotiations transpired.
At a number of news conferences all over the latest months, UFC president Dana White claimed Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) vs. Dustin Poirier would provide as the co-main event to the UFC light-weight title unifier among champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24.
However, that fight never ever came to fruition. In an job interview with ESPN on Tuesday, Ferguson voiced his frustrations with the negotiations and uncovered why the Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) fight didn’t occur.
“I’m likely to be serious,” Ferguson said. “I really do not know what their strategies ended up ahead of or just after, but I was currently all set. I was now counting on it. Critically, I planned around it. I’m not significantly of a planner, so I was currently heading forward of it but then Dana required to discuss for me. He wanted to go out there and be like, ‘Tony is heading to acquire this combat.’ Like, bro, we’re not good friends. I under no circumstances mentioned we were close friends.
“It’s just business, proper? I’m there when you need me and then naturally when you do not. Seriously, gentleman. I’m a contractor. I do my matter. I adore him and I appreciate UFC and things like that, but I’m just a piece of meat out there. Do you know what I signify?”
When negotiations amongst Poirier and the UFC went awry, previous Bellator light-weight winner Michael Chandler was inserted into the mix instead.
Eventually a battle against Chandler (21-5 MMA, – UFC) was not finalized, since Ferguson was disappointed with becoming supplied a UFC newcomer for an unsatisfactory total of money.
“The UFC stored delaying telling us the (Poirier) combat was verified,” Ferguson explained. “It was like, the minute they asked, I’m nevertheless schooling for Dustin, for the Chandler matter. Now, they are bringing in a new dude, who I have no (expletive) clue who he is. I’m not trying to (expletive) on him from a marketing and advertising standpoint but the dude has a lot less than 100k (followers) on Twitter. You’re going to attempt to get him a lot more notoriety by throwing him against me and throw him on the Khabib card. I get that but really do not shell out the (expletive) more than us. He has zero time in the UFC. I don’t know about roids and all that things. I do not get into that (expletive) with everybody.”
Ultimately, Ferguson warmed up to the thought of commencing his journey again to a UFC title shot with a fight against Chandler. However, the dollars was not up to par, Ferguson explained.
“I acquired to the position the place I’m like, ‘You know what? I want to battle. Chandler, you want your welcome? You want to do this (expletive)? Yeah? Let’s set it on paper. UFC, let’s make the dollars proper. Let us make it exciting.’ I draw pay back-for each-view buys,” Ferguson said. “They needed benefit. I designed price. In this article I am.”
Despite unsuccessful UFC 254 negotiations and sending most of White’s calls to voicemail, Ferguson is inclined to accept a struggle if it’s available for the appropriate dollars. He has his sights set on a variety of different opponents, which include Gaethje, Nurmagomedov, Poirier, and Chandler.
“Everybody desires me to fight Khabib ideal?” Ferguson said. “But I’ve acquired to get paid my appropriate back again. Okay, awesome. Who’s it heading to be? Dustin? Or is it likely to be Chandler? I never give a (expletive). I claimed it was a tournament. Now we’re adding in people today. Alright, interesting. Below we go once more. Right now marks the celebration, proper? Khabib and (Conor) McGregor. That (expletive) would not have took place unless of course they stripped my belt. So, (expletive) you. Shell out me as a substitute of this (expletive) clown.
“Like I said, Chandler, I have very little against you – and Dustin, I have absolutely nothing towards you. But I ain’t making an attempt to aid no a person no a lot more. Justin Gaethje, you are (expletive) welcome you have a belt, son. I ensure you I’m likely to explain to you to go get my belt because your ass is going to get (expletive) whipped. I’m coming for it. So both you and (expletive) fathead, this is a concept for the two of you knuckleheads. It’s my mat and my time.”