Ferguson Claims To Be True Lightweight Champion
Even though he was stripped of the interim lightweight championship, UFC star Tony Ferguson believes he is the “true” champion of the 155 pound division.
Ferguson took claim of the interim title at UFC 216, when he would defeat Kevin Lee. Now, Ferguson is rehabbing from a knee injury suffered less than a week from when he was supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight at UFC 223. Ferguson would be stripped of his “interim” standing and would be replaced by Max Holloway and then Al Iaquinta.
Ferguson believes the UFC should not have stripped him of the title.
“The doctor told me recovery time is anywhere from three to six months with this kind of procedure, but I heal quick,” he told ESPN. “Whenever Khabib’s b**** ass comes back, that’s when I’ll be back. I’m thinking November.
”The UFC has indicated my title is gone and Khabib is the only champion at 155 pounds, but the UFC hasn’t mentioned anything official to my management. As far as I’m concerned, I’m still the true 155-pound champion. I never lost my belt.”
Ferguson will more than likely not be set to face Nurmagomedov upon his return, as Dana White has made it known that he refuses to make that fight for a fifth time, after the previous four were scrapped.
“That’s a big middle finger to ‘T-Ferg’ right there — that’s a kick to the groin if they do that,” Ferguson said. “At the end of the day, does the UFC really like its fighters? I’m one of their toughest fighters. Don’t kick me when I’m down.
”I missed out on pay-per-view points, my purse, a big payday; a lot of things behind the scenes. They have to either give me my title back or make sure I’m fighting under that same contract. I’ve earned that.”
Original Story: ESPN