Tony Ferguson has a date set with Kevin Lee on October 7 and he’s a man with a lot of built up frustration.
Ferguson was meant to fight for an interim UFC lightweight title last against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 in March, but after the Russian fell ill just 24-hours out from the fight, he was left high and dry without an opponent.
Speaking last week at the UFC Performance Institute, Ferguson explained how he then campaigned to fight Nate Diaz but the fight never materialized.
“We tried to make it happen, I wanted to make it happen,” Ferguson said. “I was trying to set something up with Conor so that he could comeback, defend or vacate, or something along those ends. I’m not going to make someone fight who doesn’t want to fight, like Khabib.
“I got Khabib and I got Nate Diaz, two guys who are really willing and able to fight and they just don’t want to be part of it. That tells me they know I’m the biggest threat in this division man. I might be the hammer head, I might be the Great White, or the Mecha.”
Ferguson then went on to explain that he wasn’t disappointed for himself that he wasn’t getting the Diaz fight, but more for the fans who clearly just want to see him fight.
“He was saying something about me being in cahoots with my management or something else like that,” Ferguson said. “I’m like dude, you’re smoking the wrong s***. You’re smoking your own stuff and you need to get off of that because you’re high as f***.
“Get back in the Octagon because the fans miss you. I don’t miss you, I don’t give two s***s. You can go retire, get back on your bike and do some other s***. We’re here fighting man and you guys are getting replaced soon.”
Despite having spent a long period on the sidelines out of action, Ferguson says he’s spent the time wisely to study some future opponents. Lee was one of the men he studied and he’s already visualized the way he will finish the fight on October 7.
“I see a couple of finishes with him, but especially my D’arce,” Ferguson said. “My D’arce is my D’arce. Once I latch it on, you ain’t getting away dude.
“Standing or on the ground, you slowly, slowly, start to see it go dark, dark, dark… and that’s it.”