Ferguson: Former Management Said No To McGregor
Ferguson: Former Management Company Said No To McGregor Bout
On his quest to become one of the best MMA fighters today, Tony Ferguson has been through a lot. While also dealing with personal issues, Ferguson (24-3) left Paradigm Sports for the Ballengee Group. It might have had something to do with Conor McGregor.
In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ferguson went off on his former agency for rejecting a request to face Conor McGregor. The former interim UFC Lightweight Champion believes that the agency that represented him was protecting Conor.
“When i asked them, I said straight up, ‘I want Conor next,’ they basically told me no. They’re defending him the same way Dana is defending him,” Ferguson stated, per Lowkick MMA. “Any person that’s got their hands in Conor’s pockets, they are kissing their a**. I’m not going to say anything else about that, but literally man, the kid don’t run the show. He don’t run me man. You never heard this dude speak my name, you never heard this dude talk sh*t about me.”
Ferguson is set to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 238 this Saturday inside the United Center in Chicago. It is assumed that a win by either of those men would face the winner of the September bout between Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Dustin Poirier. Dana White, however, has shown interest in a Khabib v. Conor rematch.
McGregor (21-3) won the Lightweight Title from Eddie Alvarez back in 2016 at UFC 205. Fighting for the first time since then in 2018, McGregor lost to champion Khabib at UFC 229. While Conor has been out due to legal reasons, Dana White has shown interest in a Khabib v. Conor fight. Ferguson has taken exception to that potential match.
“You want to book McGregor, Khabib, and make your own pockets fat? Cut me out a check and I’ll sit on the sidelines. But I’m not your backup no more,” Ferguson continued. “You like me, you don’t. I’m the people’s champ. I’ve had my belt before Dustin and I’ve had it before even Khabib. And these dudes want to act like they don’t even know me? I would too if they were scared as f*ck of me.”