Tony Ferguson Refuses to Fight Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 if He Misses Weight

Published 12/08/2020, 10:00 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Tony Ferguson makes his much-expected return to the octagon this weekend at UFC 256. ‘El Cucuy’ takes on a dangerous challenger in Charles Oliveira, who is on a seven-fight win streak at the moment. Tony on the other hand recently saw his 12-fight win streak snapped by Justin Gaethje when he faced him for the interim lightweight title earlier this year. 

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Ever since his loss to Gaethje, Ferguson has been desperate to get back into the octagon and bounce back with a win. But, it has been hard for him to fight an opponent with a few fights falling out. Ferguson now gets his opportunity to bounce back against a worthy adversary. However, he may not fight. 

Read: “The time has come”- Charles Oliveira sends a warning to Tony Ferguson ahead of fight 

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Tony Ferguson makes a strong statement leading up to his fight this weekend 

Ferguson took to Instagram to share a picture of his meal. He wrote, “I Am Counting On The Brazilian @charlesdobronxs & Others To Come In Overweight Like Usual. So I’m Calling It Now. Case Law: Short Notice Fight, @charlesdobronxs Will Not Cut Weight All Week & Show Up 3-4 Lbs Over Weight & Use The Excuse Of A Short Notice Fight. If he shows up that much overweight We are not competing. So crew, Make sure you visit the kids’ page @charlesdobronxs & Encourage him to make the weight if you want to see a fight. Champ Sh** Only™️ Crew”

Ferguson’s concern about Oliveira missing weight is not absurd given that the Brazilian has missed weight a mind-boggling four times in the UFC. Most recently, he missed weight for his fight against Ricardo Lamas in November 2016. Ever since then, he has always stepped onto the scale as per his contractual weight. 

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Ferguson on the other hand is one of the most professional fighters in the game. He has never missed weight in his UFC career. However, this time around he has made a strong statement about not fighting Oliveira if he misses weight. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The fight between the two men is a highly anticipated bout between two of the best in the division. MMA fans will be hoping that Charles makes weight so that the fight can go on. 

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What do you make of Tony Ferguson’s stance? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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