Dana: Ferguson Turned Down Interim Title Shot

Over the weekend, many were shocked by the announcement that Dustin Poirier and not Tony Ferguson will face featherweight champion Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title in April.

The UFC 236 main event had been rumored to be Holloway and Ferguson, as both fighters were denied an opportunity to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 last year due to injury and medical issues.

Dana White would tell ESPN over the weekend that Ferguson was offered the chance to fight Holloway, but turned it down. Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Ferguson discussed the reasoning why he stepped aside for the shot at the title in April.

 

“We Took Some Unneeded Damage This Past Year,” wrote Ferguson. “Recovery From The Knee Surgery & Battling Through Adversity Really Put A Damper On The Overall Mood These Last Few Months. We’re Working Harder To Be Better Than Yesterday Crew- I Make Lots Of Mistakes, Nobody’s Perfect Have A Great Weekend, Be Safe & Stay Warm We Got Work To Do.”

 

Initial Report: MMA Mania

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