Tony Ferguson believes that his injury, which was suffered during a media obligation last week should not be the reason he has his interim UFC lightweight title taken from him.
Ferguson, who tore a ligament in his knee on March 30th while on the FOX lot promoting his originally scheduled UFC 223 main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov, told Ariel Helwani that he found out he was stripped while watching TV.
“I haven’t spoken with the UFC yet about what’s next,” Ferguson said (via MMA Fighting). “So when I saw what was in the [ESPN] interview, it shocked me, man, it hurt me even more. It was something I couldn’t control with this injury.”
“This all started snowballing this weekend, man. Of all weekends. The UFC hasn’t said anything to me about my title going away, and I don’t think it will go away.”
Ferguson didn’t think the injury was that serious, and that he worked through it until an MRI on March 31st.
“I’m not a doctor,” Ferguson said. “But when I saw my MRI image, dude, I don’t know about you, but I was like it looked like a flag with my ligament, it was hanging on the side of the pole. I wanted them to shoot me with some sort of numbing shot or whatever they put, but they said it was likely it would blow up the whole entire knee.”
Ferguson told Helwani that he feels his situation should mirror the same as middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who was able to hold on to the interim middleweight title even after Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre fought for the undisputed title at UFC 217.
“I mean seriously, there is a precedent for having a fight for a ‘real’ title and keeping an ‘interim’ title intact. They just did that with Robert Whittaker last year,” Ferguson said.
“You shouldn’t strip a champion due to a freak injury that happened during a UFC-obligated media event.”
Original Story MMA Fighting