Tony Ferguson on being stripped of interim title: “I’m still the fucking champ”

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 04.10.2018 01:13h Author:

Tony Ferguson

Former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is hoping to turn things around at UFC 229.

Ferguson suffered an injury when he tripped over a wire in a studio and tore a ligament in his knee just days before his scheduled bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.  He was forced out of the main event at the last minute. Moreover, the UFC stripped him of the interim lightweight title a few days later.

“It’s been five months since my injury,” Ferguson said Tuesday at a media day at the UFC Performance Institute, per MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. “It took a long fucking time for me to be here. They took my belt, they took a bunch of zeroes from my pay check. How do you think I fucking feel? It’s all fun and games, right?”

“I’m the fucking champ,” Ferguson said. “See this gold right here. I didn’t lose my belt. They took it from me. The one thing they didn’t take is my smile. So after my surgery, I made a conscious decision to not want anybody else’s help that didn’t want to help me. So yeah, I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder. It’s still there. It f*cking weighs a lot. But in this whole entire process, I gained so much more than you guys would ever imagine.”

Ferguson is also hoping for a double knockout.

“Double knockout,” Ferguson said. “I’m gonna keep saying it this whole entire time. I hope these bitches knock each other out. They took enough shit, fuck it. I hope they deal with what they gotta deal with and squash this shit. This is a man’s sport. We’re trying to clean this shit up, yet you got these two knuckleheads going out there and making an ass out of themselves. So, whatever. You want me to cut a promo? You’re talking to the wrong guy. Talk to these guys.”

UFC 229 pay-per-view takes place this Saturday, October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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