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Tony Ferguson steals show at UFC 262 press conference
Tony Ferguson didn’t hold back during Thursday’s UFC 262 press conference.
Ferguson, a former UFC interim lightweight champion, went off on more than just his opponent, Beneil Dariush, as he took shots at current title challenger Michael Chandler to his face and former champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who wasn’t present.
Ferguson (25-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) first went after Nurmagomedov, with whom he has plenty of history. The two were scheduled to fight five times throughout the past several years, but the bout never came to fruition for a multitude of reasons. Nurmagomedov retired last October, but even retirement hasn’t dwindled Ferguson’s beef with him.
“He’s a f*cking b*tch, he’s a f*cking p*ssy,” Ferguson said, interrupting MMA Junkie’s John Morgan as he asked Dana White about Nurmagomedov. “Sorry to interrupt you, but I’m dedicating this song “Mask Off” – chase the check, never chase a b*tch. That’s Khabib.”
Tony Ferguson at the UFC 262 press conference.
Ferguson didn’t stop there. He later extended his trash talk to Chandler, the former Bellator champ who’s set to fight Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC 262. Ferguson and Chandler were linked to a bout in late 2020, but it fell through, and “El Cucuy” accused Chandler of avoiding him. “You f*cking dodged me too, Chandler,” Ferguson said, interrupting. “You’re a b*tch. You said no, man. You got this sh*t handed to you.
You got Dana White privilege.”
That remark got a big laugh from even UFC president Dana White himself.
“Check this sh*t out: Dana was right. Timing is everything. It wasn’t meant for me to have the title,” Ferguson continued. “I would’ve given everybody the chance. These guys are going to try to keep the title away as much as they can. I’m Mexican. It doesn’t matter if you colored up here or not, but I’m made with Native American parts, too. Let’s go.”
explains transformation for UFC 262
After finding himself in unfamiliar territory, Tony Ferguson says he’s undergone some changes. For the first time in his career, Ferguson has lost two consecutive fights, this coming after the former UFC interim lightweight champion had been on a 12-fight winning streak.
Ferguson (25-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will look to rebound from losses to Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira when he meets Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston. While he offers no excuses for his recent setbacks, “El Cucuy” knew something had to change.
“Last year, it had nothing to do with coaches or anything else,” Ferguson told Submission Radio. “Seriously, I take all the fall and all my blame on it, but the two losses that I had, I’m gonna be real with you guys: It was the best learning experience I probably could’ve ever had and the best thing that was for me and my family.”
He continued, “Chasing after a guy like (retired former champion) Khabib and then trying to get the fight and then not getting the fight and then having interim belts dangled in front of you, the game is what it is. You can’t get mad at the game. But how you play the game is exactly your approach. And that’s what I did for this year. I completely changed my approach.”
Ferguson, who’s been running his own operations with a tight-knit group, recently spent time at Wild Card Boxing with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, which has reignited his passion for the game.
“Where we’re at right now, I’m hungry as f*ck,” Ferguson said. “And I haven’t had the love for the game in a minute. I’m gonna be real: I haven’t even sparred yet, but I’m getting that f*cking hunger just being around it over at Wild Card.”
He continued, “Instead of a varsity mentality, I went back to an Olympic mentality, and I started to surround myself around people that are hungry how I am and how they’ve been for a long time. And I started to find myself over at Wild Card a lot easier, because that’s where I knew that I could find that kind of grind.”
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Ferguson takes on the streaking Dariush (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC), who’s been longing for a big fight. He has nothing but respect for the well rounded contender, who has motivated Ferguson to add new wrinkles to his game.
“It’s a great fight,” Ferguson said. “Let’s talk about Beneil: The guy’s an up-and-comer. Not up-and-comer, an OG dude. He’s been doing the game for a long time. He’s over at Huntington beach with Rafael Cordeiro. He’s a southpaw, he’s very strong on his left side. He’s very game in mixing it up. So, that’s why I’ve been mixing my shit up. Because I got too one-dimensional. When you get too one dimensional, you start to plateau.