Ferguson Still Displeased with White
Tony Ferguson says he still considers his relationship with UFC President Dana White a strained one since the incident that forced him out of UFC 223 in April 2018.
During a media scrum in preparation for his UFC 238 fight with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Ferguson recalled White’s comments following the incident. Ferguson, then interim UFC lightweight champ, was scheduled to do battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title in the event’s headline attraction.
A simple trip over a cable wire for a pay-per-view promo, however, caused ligament damage in one of Ferguson’s knees, with doctors deeming the injury too serious to allow Ferguson to fight at the Brooklyn event. It was the fourth time a fight between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov was scheduled and then canceled.
“There was a lot of emotional damage,” Ferguson said. “I mean, just more than anything else, coming from Dana’s mouth, saying that ‘Anybody that wears [sun]glasses inside deserves to have that happen to them.’ Oof, what the [expletive] is that? Dude, I was wearing prescription glasses. I wear them all the time, because obviously I have a couple different things with branding.
“If you guys like Daft Punk, you’d obviously understand why they’d do that. People can dog my style all they want, but it’s my own [expletive]. It’s blades and shades all day.”
Ferguson said he had a meeting with the UFC president earlier this month to discuss returning to action following domestic violence allegations and deteriorated mental health. He claimed while the two came to an agreement, he still is upset White didn’t apologize for the remarks.
“Yeah, he kind of made another joke about it,” Ferguson said. “That’s why our relationship is dissed — I don’t really like trying to get too close to him. He’s not my boss. I work for the company. Literally, I’m not trying to be his best friend.
“What’s the quote? He’s talked about Conor [McGregor]. He said, ‘Can’t you [expletive] love him?’ And then he’s like, ‘No, we’re not best friends.’ It’s wishy-washy. I don’t want to be close with anyone who’s wishy-washy. I’m not here for that. I’m here to represent myself, represent my country — United States. I am Mexican, so an American with Mexican parts. It’s dope. It’s powerful.”
Ferguson, who has won 11 in a row, last competed at UFC 229 in October, defeating Anthony Pettis in the co-main event. He was offered a chance to fight Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 but reportedly rejected it, refusing anything but a true title fight.
With his claims and Cerrone’s desire for a title shot, as well as their high placement in the UFC’s 155-pound contender rankings, the winner of their UFC 238 clash could get the first crack at the winner of the UFC 242 undisputed title fight between Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier.
Original Story: MMAJunkie