Chiesa Considers Ferguson “True” Lightweight Champ

Even though Khabib Nurmagomedov is the current and undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson considers himself as the “true” lightweight champion, and he’s not alone.

In an interview with Submission Radio, Michael Chiesa agrees with Ferguson’s assertion that he’s the champ/

“In my eyes, Tony Ferguson’s the champion,” Chiesa told Submission Radio in a recent interview. “I mean, his win streak has a lot of prestigious names to it. You know, he beat Kevin Lee, he beat Rafael dos Anjos, he beat Edson Barboza, he’s got that long laundry list of guys in his win streak.”

“So, I look at Tony as the champion. But, you know, I’m not taking anything away from Khabib. He’s got, what, 25-0, 26-0 record all together? So, his win streak’s insane, but I look at Tony as the champion. Now, if Tony and Khabib fight, who knows how that fight goes, but just in my eyes I think that Tony’s the champion.”

Chiesa is slated to face Anthony Pettis at UFC 226, a fight that was supposed to happen on UFC 223, but was cancelled due to Chiesa being injured in Conor McGregor’s bus attack.


If Chiesa would have choice of an opponent at UFC 226, it would be the former champion Pettis, but the “true champion” Ferguson.

“Actually, of all the guys, I’d rather fight Tony. Just because Tony and I were supposed to fight in 2016 and that never came to fruition,” Chiesa said. “And I look at Tony as the toughest match-up for me. With that being said, I think him being the toughest match-up for me will bring out the best in me.”

“I’m the type of guy where I feel like if you throw me in against the guy that’s gonna be my hardest match-up, I think that’s gonna bring out the best in me, and I know that the best of me can beat anybody on any given day to become the world champion. So, Tony is the fight that I like for myself.”

Quotes Transcribed by Bloody Elbow

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