With a week and a half until their fight at UFC 209, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov have already begun their media tour. Ferguson was live in the FS1 studios and answered questions about Khabib, McGregor, and bartending.
Ferguson is never one to bite his tongue and his interview with FOX Sports Live was no different. First, he addressed Conor McGregor and how he feels about the current lightweight champion.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The difference is, a lot of people that float up to the top real quick, they just keep floating and then they go away. That’s what I see Conor doing. He’s on his way out. Using Mayweather as an excuse to come out of the woodwork. This is a real man’s sport. If he wants to go to boxing and try to get his ass kicked over there, then that’s up to him.”
Tony seems wildly unimpressed with McGregor. He’s not unimpressed by his skills; It’s never defending any of the four championships that he’s won, that appear to irk Ferguson. There is a lineup of killers in the UFC lightweight division for Conor to choose from, but he instead obsesses over boxing a retired 39-year-old. He’s holding up the division and all of the lightweights in line are pissed about it. Rightfully so.
Just like giving out a prize in every Cracker Jack box, the UFC is giving away interim titles. We once again get to see this, when Ferguson takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov. Neither guy really wants to fight for an interim title, but with McGregor never giving a straight answer about what his future and the title entails, a new belt had to be made up. This is the fight fans get and it’s truly the one we all want to see. Ferguson was asked if he respects his opponent.
“Absolutely, you have to respect him (Nurmagomedov). He has a twenty-four fight win streak, but it’s a padded record. I see it all the time. As far as conditioning goes, he’s only got about two rounds in him. I’ve been going four rounds, five rounds… Mexico City, we were supposed to fight at elevation and I was ready to go ten.”
UFC 209 takes place on March 4, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Watch the full interview: