Former UFC interim champion Tony Ferguson would ideally like to combat undisputed winner Khabib Nurmagomedov. But if that isn’t taking place – and with Nurmagomedov booked at UFC 254, the party Ferguson was meant to co-headline, it won’t – then give him yet another opponent.
And carry the checkbook.
“I listen to that they are needing a main event,” Ferguson stated on Wednesday all through “The Ariel Helwani Present.” “There’s one in November and one particular in December. My agent said we’re wonderful to fight, but we want to talk about shell out simply because of the opponent adjust. I always advised the UFC I’m in. I’m good with the fights, so let us make it come about.”
UFC President Dana White stated Ferguson “went dark” on the advertising during negotiations for a probable struggle on the Oct. 24 spend-for every-look at card. Ferguson stated he was made available a bout “so very last minute” in opposition to former Bellator light-weight champ Michael Chandler and didn’t respond to White simply because he was occupied.
“I do not do Joe Rogan podcast, and I really do not decide up Dana’s cell phone phone calls,” he claimed. “Because I’m way too chaotic performing, or trying to make my everyday living far better from the sh*t that I had to go through. So pardon me, f*ck everybody else.”
Before Chandler’s signing, Ferguson was intended to face fellow ex-interim champ Dustin Poirier in the Oct. 24 card’s co-headliner. Poirier subsequently fell off the card more than deal negotiations with the UFC and is now angling for a charity boxing match with Conor McGregor White has reported he’s made available the previous opponents a struggle and has not read back.
Ferguson claimed the UFC to begin with educated him he was battling Poirier, but then provided a more profitable present to Chandler.
“Now you are going to carry in a new dude who I have no clue who this dude is,” he claimed. “From a promoting standpoint, dude has much less than 100k on Twitter. You are heading to test him far more notoriety by throwing him towards me and throwing him on the Khabib card. I get it. But don’t pay him extra than us. He has zero time in the UFC.”
Ferguson scoffed at the spherical robin of opponents, yet claimed he had no challenges battling any opponent.
“Everybody would like me to combat Khabib, suitable?” Ferguson reported. “Yeah, But I have obtained to generate my right again. Alright, amazing. Who’s it likely to be? It is likely to be Dustin? Or is it likely to be Chandler? I really don’t give a f*ck.
“I stated it was a tournament. Now you’re adding in individuals. Alright, great. In this article we go again. Today marks the celebration, ideal? Yeah, Khabib and McGregor. F*ck them. That would not have occurred unless of course they stripped my belt. So, f*ck you. Fork out me instead of this (expletive) clown.”
In the meantime, Ferguson said he’s developing a company as a gym operator and a crew leader. He’s prepared to battle any opponent and just requires the suitable give. He floated the idea of wrestling Olympic champ Jordan Burroughs in Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground.
Exactly where items went south, Ferguson claimed, was when White started off to talk for him on his ideas for Poirier.
“Bro, we’re not good friends,” he explained. “I never ever mentioned we were friends. It is just enterprise, suitable? I’m there when you want me, and of course when you really do not. I’m a contractor guy, but I’m not just a piece of meat. It is not just about understanding your worth. I’m ready to move up to the plate.”
And when he does, he plans to avenge his losses and acquire the undisputed belt.
“Justin Gaethje, you are [expletive] welcome you have a belt, son,” he reported. “I guarantee, I’m going to notify you to go get my belt, due to the fact your ass is likely to get whipped, and I’m coming for it. So both you and ‘fathead’ [Nurmagomedov], this is a concept for both equally knuckleheads: my mat, my time.”