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Morning Report: Tony Ferguson, Al Iaquinta engage in heated social media beef

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This week, Tony Ferguson took to Twitter to mock Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title winning performance at UFC 223 and lament being stripped of his own interim title. In the process of doing so though, he also mocked the fighter Nurmagomedov beat, Al Iaquinta, and “Ragin’ Al” did not take to kindly to being called a “part-time fighter.” Iaquinta fired back at the “weirdo.”

Ferguson was supposed to face Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 for the undisputed lightweight title but was forced to withdraw from the fight just days beforehand with a knee injury, incurred when he fell during a media event. Max Holloway stepped in for Ferguson but was then also ruled ineligible to fight when he struggled with his weight cut, leaving Iaquinta to get a title shot on a day’s notice. Though Iaquinta earned praise for his performance, he was soundly defeated by Nurmagomedov and Ferguson returned fire after the “weirdo” comment alluding to that fact, sparking a heated Twitter feud between the two.

Ferguson is expected to be out of competition for 6-to-9 months while he recovers from recent knee surgery to fix the injury. In the meantime though, the lightweight division moves forward and with multiple fighters knocking on the door for a title shot, Ferguson himself may be shunted to the end of the line of title contenders, depending on how everything shakes out. If he does though, at least Ferguson found an appropriate dance partner for when he does return.


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You mad bro?

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Truly terrible.

Hope he’s getting his shot.

Here with one of the best lightweights in the world @notoriousnewell

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Literally this could not be more generic.


What happened to all the good fans? *posts GIF of Just Bleed Guy*

Off brand Conor.

Champ life.

Champ life

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What a guy.

Sage gonna be a middleweight soon.



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Have a good one and see y’all tomorrow.



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