Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov were supposed to fight at UFC 223 for the right to be called the undisputed UFC lightweight champion. Unfortunately, Ferguson injured his knee shortly before the event and had to have surgery so Nurmagomedov ended up fighting Al Iaquinta for the title instead, cruising to an easy victory. Nurmagomedov has indicated he would like to defend his title sometime in November or December, and when he does, Ferguson says he will be ready and waiting.
“The doctor told me recovery time is anywhere from three to six months with this kind of procedure, but I heal quick,” Ferguson told ESPN recently. “Whenever Khabib’s b**ch ass comes back, that’s when I’ll be back. I’m thinking November.
”The UFC has indicated my title is gone and Khabib is the only champion at 155 pounds, but the UFC hasn’t mentioned anything official to my management. As far as I’m concerned, I’m still the true 155-pound champion. I never lost my belt.”
Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been circling each other for years, with four separate fights falling through. At one point they were booked for a title fight against each other but Nurmagomedov pulled out the day before with a failed weight cut. Instead, Ferguson was rebooked against Kevin Lee for an interim title shot that he won.
However, despite the fact that Ferguson was previously a title holder for the UFC, he isn’t first in line for Nurmagomedov. That honor would fall to former lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who the UFC stripped of the title when Nurmagomedov beat Iaquinta. If Nurmagomedov fights McGregor this fall, that leaves Ferguson in the lurch and looking for another opponent which he says would be a real “kick to the groin” from the UFC since he was previously set to make more money as a champion.
“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.”
Ferguson was injured during a UFC promotional appearance and stripped of his title through no fault of his own. He is currently riding a 10-fight win streak in the UFC’s lightweight division, the longest such streak for any fighter who is not a champion. Ferguson believes these facts mean he deserves to be held up as champion, regardless of the marketing opportunities having Nurmagomedov as champion would present or the allure of a Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight. At the end of the day, Ferguson says, the UFC should have stripped McGregor and made him champion, and Nurmagomedov should have his old interim belt.
“I thought Al Iaquinta did a great job at UFC 223, but Khabib is going to say he won the Super Bowl after he faced the third string?” he said. “No way, dude. So many people hold him up on a high horse, but I see his flaws. I wasn’t impressed with anything he did.
”I think the UFC is going to do what they want to do, like any other time. But it’s disrespectful to me to strip my title. I should still be the interim champion. In fact, I should be the champion and Khabib should be the interim champion.”
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I want to first thank Amanda @abcnation115 Cooper for taking the fight against me this Saturday at UFC224. How most of you know, I missed weight and thankfully, Amanda and the UFC allowed the fight to happen. I know was unprofessional and I truley didn’t mean any disrespect to my opponent, organization or the fans. I really learned a lot from this and I know this is just making me a better fighter/athlete for the future. I appreciate all the messages and support from all of you and I can say that everything is already in the works with the help of the UFC to make sure this doesn’t happen again. • • • Primeiramente quero agradecer Amanda Cooper por aceitar a luta contra mim sábado passado no UFC224. Como a maioria de vcs sabem, eu não bati o peso, e graças a Amanda e o UFC, a luta ainda aconteceu. Eu sei que foi antiprofissional e em momento algum eu queria desrespeitar minha adversária, a organização e os fãs. Eu aprendi muito com isso e sei que isso está fazendo eu me tornar uma lutadora/atleta melhor para o futuro. Eu agradeço todooo mundo pelas mensagens e apoio e posso confirmar que tudo já está em ordem com o UFC para que isso nunca mais aconteça. @marcelogoncalves.photo
Today I did something that I’ve never in my life done before. It may seem so small to most people but to me it was an accomplishment. Most people that know me well, know how much I love my alone time, but I’m also a very social person. I live alone and believe that everyone in their lifetime at one point should live by them self. Being alone with your thoughts, your emotions and your fears in my opinion is a faster track to self improvement, self awareness and personal growth. So today I went to lunch by myself, something I have never done before. I don’t judge people for going to eat alone, the movies alone, etc, I more look up and admire them, it’s just something that I have never done. I sat eating lunch and watching the people around me, some out with their kids, some on a date, some just enjoying a good meal on a rainy day. Me on the other hand, I was there because i was sad and feeling sorry for myself. A lot of thoughts went through my mind, of course, Saturday night haunted me. UFC, main card, PPV, undefeated opponent, just a few of the things that 3 days ago meant everything to me. But today, after about 30 mins of fighting the urge to cry in public I decided to go through some of my messages and photos that I got over the week in Brazil. I finally started to cry, not because I was sad or because I was thinking of my fight, I cried because all of the photos in my phone. The bond, the support and the love that I got last week was unreal. I have the most amazing group of friends, family, teammates and fans, I am a lucky 26 year old girl. I get to travel the world with the people I love and inspire those around me with hard work, dedication and the love for this sport. So many personal thank yous I will do but for now I need to thank everyone, for the many years of love you have given me. If losing a fight is the worst day of my life, I live a pretty cool life.
You’re fighting all pussies, handpicked by the Ufc for your bitch ass. Fight a top 6 guy see how you do. Test yourself don’t fight easy fights— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) May 14, 2018
Ice your noggin— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) May 15, 2018
Ice your pussy... and your padded competition. And send me a tie die shirt so I can wipe my ass with it thanks— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) May 15, 2018
I sold more shirts than you have followers . You are concussed and your chin is shot, brotha .— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) May 15, 2018
You bought all the shirts , you bought all the followers. Let’s be honest— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) May 15, 2018
@VasylLomachenko made history for boxing again at only 12 pro fights claiming another belt at a 3rd weight class. I on the other hand won my 2nd belt for mma in another division at 5 pro fights. I feel inspired! Should I go for the 3rd belt and create history again? #TeamShorty— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) May 14, 2018
Who should he fight?
What’s up, European fans? What do you think about having a double dose of Pitbulls in Rome?— Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) May 15, 2018
Craig White (14-7) vs. Neil Magny (20-6); UFC Liverpool, May 27.
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