Cerrone Wants Title Shot with Win over Ferguson
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone recently expressed frustration surrounding his UFC 238 booking with Tony Ferguson and says with a win, he should be the next to get a lightweight title shot.
Cerrone has always been the fighter who’d compete against anyone at any given time, and there was no exception for this fight. Just a couple of weeks after Cerrone defeated Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Ottawa, the UFC announced “Cowboy” would be the one to welcome Ferguson back to the UFC at UFC 238.
While the fight hasn’t been officially announced as a title eliminator, Cerrone says the status of him and Ferguson, as well as the current state of the lightweight division, makes it a given.
“I don’t even think UFC needs to say that, because this would be it. There would be nobody else,” Cerrone said. “I beat Tony; I get the title [shot]. There’s no one else in line.”
Cerrone says he was more than willing to take the fight but claims it appeared to him Ferguson was apprehensive.
“There wasn’t really any convincing that had to go on (for me),” Cerrone said. “More or less the UFC called me and asked me if I wanted to fight and I said yes, then it took two or three days for Tony to agree to the fight, which really pissed me off because the UFC called me and offered to me and left me in his limbo.
“I keep calling like, ‘Dana [White], I’m on [expletive] vacation. Can I drink beer and eat guacamole, or do you want me to go [expletive] run on the beach? Because this in-between, I don’t know what’s going on, is [expletive].’ So Tony took long figuring it out.”
Ferguson last competed in the co-main event of UFC 229 in October, defeating Anthony Pettis. The former interim UFC lightweight champion has been going through several personal issues, including recently settling a restraining order from his wife.
Ferguson had also been adamant that he would accept nothing less than a world title fight for his next bout. Both of these reasons are why Ferguson reportedly rejected an offer to fight Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236.
Based on this, Cerrone thinks Ferguson, who he claims is a “volume puncher,” was tempted to not take the fight because of the risk he could lose top standing with a loss.
“I don’t think he wanted to have to fight again other than a title fight,” Cerrone said. “I think he believes he deserves a shot, so for him fighting someone like me is super dangerous. Why would he want to put himself at risk of [losing] a title shot? Especially fighting a [expletive] killer. But I don’t give a [expletive]. That’s the difference between me. I’ll fight anybody. So I’ve got to beat them all anyway.”
UFC 238 will take place on June 8 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main events will see flyweight champion Henry Cejudo fight Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship and Valentina Shevchenko defend the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title against Jessica Eye.
Original Story: MMAJunkie