Ferguson Breaks With Management, Conor Fight Possible
In a move that may set up a lightweight superfight, Tony Ferguson is no longer represented by Paradigm Sports Management.
Auddie Attar, Paradigm’s CEO and President confirmed the news Thursday, as the former interim UFC lightweight champion will sign with the Ballengee Group.
“Tony Ferguson is a talented athlete, and we hope his future brings him personal happiness both in and out of the Octagon,” Attar said in a statement provided to ESPN.
Represented by the group since 2012, Ferguson now joins the company of Eddie Alvarez, Vitor Belfort, Aljamain Sterling, among other fighters in the sport.
The move comes after Ferguson dealt with sever mental health issues, that would cause his wife to file and then remove a restraining order on the top UFC star.
Ferguson last fought at UFC 229 defeating Anthony Pettis in a co-main event fight, and with Dustin Poirier the current interim champion, Ferguson will have to wait for a shot at the title.
One reason Ferguson dropped his long term management company could be due to his desire to fight former UFC double champion Conor McGregor later this year.
The fight could happen later this year, but McGregor is still in-retirement after negotiations with the organization would go south, and UFC President Dana White made it clear that Ferguson would need to be cleared by UFC doctors to be cleared to fight, but Ferguson made it clear in a recent tweet that he won’t need that additional clearance.