Tony Ferguson: ‘Michael Chandler Hasn’t Earned His Way To The Top’
Tony Ferguson believes Michael Chandler still hasn’t proven himself to be with the cream of the crop.
Chandler is on standby for the main event of UFC 254. He has made championship weight in case he’s called upon at the last minute. UFC 254 takes place on Saturday, October 24.
Chandler has said he wouldn’t mind fighting Tony Ferguson if he doesn’t end up fighting at UFC 254. Speaking to ESPN, Ferguson expressed his belief that Chandler is unproven. Still, “El Cucuy” is open to the fight.
“Michael Chandler hasn’t earned his way to the top. But if that’s who Dana White wants me to fight, you know me: I put my boots on, and I go to work. When it came to COVID, I made weight, and I went to work. There was a point, 72 hours, it was myself, Dana, [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby and my wife, just trying to make that s— happen. If I hadn’t taken that fight, how many people would not have gotten paid?
“Do I want to fight? Yes. I want to fight in December. I’m f—ing training. Let’s go. But I don’t think somebody who doesn’t even belong here should be paid more than me. That’s what I’m saying.”
Chandler is a former three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion. He has beaten former UFC Lightweight Champions Eddie Alvarez and Benson Henderson. In fact, Chandler’s last outing was a first-round knockout win over “Bendo” in their rematch.
Ferguson is coming off his first loss in eight years. He suffered a fifth-round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje back in May. The defeat snapped “El Cucuy’s” 12-fight winning streak.