‘I’m a Scapegoat’- Tony Ferguson Hits Out at UFC Fight Making

Published 05/14/2021, 1:07 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Tony Ferguson celebrates after his submission victory over Kevin Lee in their interim UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 216 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson will surely go down in history as one of the best MMA fighters of all time. He is now looking to enter the octagon to face a rising title contender in Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 this coming Saturday.

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For the talks, Ferguson has never held the lightweight championship, and although he was interim champion once, the thought of not holding the title certainly flows around his mind.

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In an interview with ESPN MMA, ‘El Cucuy’ reflected on his thoughts on the same and described himself as a scapegoat. “Obviously, I’m more than involved. Obviously, you heard the crowd, they will tell you,” he said.

“You know that accidents happen, still like that. But to me, I’m a scapegoat. I mean, I’m looking at one guy right here (who) made a phone call when I made an accident and tripped myself. What the f**k.”

He further said, “This sport is dangerous, doesn’t matter, you gotta be ready no matter what the timing. Dana said (at press conference) right there, he said the timing is everything.”

‘El Cucuy’ said he wasn’t concerned about Chandler and all others. “When I started thinking about what everybody else is doing, I started getting hit.

“When I started to separate myself of the true meaning of taking care of yourself (I started getting hit). I do what I have to do in this fight. I have to go there and I have to perform,” he concluded.

Which accident is Tony Ferguson talking about?

The accident Ferguson is talking about is the one that happened ahead of his title clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.

Just a few days before the fight, he twisted his knee and was replaced by Al Iaquinta. Khabib won the fight and became the lightweight champion.

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The injury was so horrific that doctors advised Ferguson to stay away from the ring for at least a year. ‘El Cucuy’ though, had other ideas as he defied all odds to make a comeback just 6 months down the line and fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 229.

The same event is still the highest-selling pay-per-view for the UFC that headlined Khabib vs McGregor. Ferguson has slipped from the position of challenging for the title after two consecutive losses.

At 37, it’s getting harder for him to bag an opportunity again. Can Ferguson fight for the championship before he calls it a day?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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