Ferguson: My Mental Health Is Not Your Problem
Earlier this year, former interim UFC lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson, was dealing with a mental health issue that would lead into his wife filing a restraining order against him.
Many wondered if Ferguson would be fit for a return, especially one so soon at UFC 238 on June 8th against Donald Cerrone.
“I tell them to (expletive) off,” Ferguson said of those who are unsure of his mental health in an interview with MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “Stop worrying about (expletive) you can’t handle, man. It’s not your (expletive) problem.
“You really want to (expletive) worry about how I am? Buy my (expletive) pay-per-view. Send me some money, send me whatever, I don’t give a (expletive). But quit asking dumbass questions. You want to keep asking me those questions, I’m going to say (expletive) you. Straight up. I’m back, mother(expletive).”
In March, Ferugson’s wife, Christina, would file a restraining order against her husband due to a mental health issue that required police intervention numerous times.
Ferguson, who last fought in October at UFC 229, was required to be cleared by UFC doctors before being allowed to fight.
“When have I ever not been ready to take a fight? I’ve been doing this (expletive) for a long time,” said Ferguson, “I’ve seen the ups and downs from a lot of different things. … I’ve been around the block, man, and I know how to bounce back from anything.”
“Everybody’s always wondering what the (expletive) I’m doing. I’m going to tell you straight up: Look, I have this much privacy,” Ferguson said, clasping his hands together. “If you’re in this sport, you’re going to have this much. I tell my wife, and I tell my kids, enjoy it now, because right now, it’s not that busy. But every single time … I look inside my hand, I have just a little bit of space, and everybody’s like, what’s so special about it? What’s so special, Tony? I look inside my hand, and I do my own thing, and everybody’s pulling at my arms, and they just want to (expletive) know, and they can’t help it. And then they just want to pull, and when they pull, they realize there’s nothing there. And then they feel like (expletive) after that.
“For myself, I still have that. I still have my little dream box, which I like to go near and dear to my heart. And I have a couple little things that are special to me that nobody really understands or knows, and I’m going to keep it that way. But it’s awesome. I love this sport, and this is what we signed up for. It’s exactly what people are going to get.”