WATCH: When Tony Ferguson Came Face-to-Face with Fabricio Werdum

Published 07/22/2020, 3:30 PM EDT


Tony Ferguson is familiar to his fans for unveiling unnatural stunts all the time. From following an unorthodox training regime to brashy mic-skills, Ferguson knows how to get on his audience’s nerves. But apart from them, he also knows how to get inside the minds of his rivals. With just two losses in the promotion, Ferguson is one of the deadliest lightweights in the world, boasting of a 26-4 record.

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However, he beefed and almost got into a physical altercation with a heavyweight back in the days. Tony Ferguson and Fabricio Werdum got physical when the duo was set up for a Media Lunch before UFC 216. Yet, the worst scenario did not happen. Authorities separated both the men before things could take a turn for the worse.

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Tony Ferguson and Fabricio Werdum thrilled the fans with their intense beef

Despite being from different weight classes, the duo did not hesitate to get into a little skirmish with each other. ‘El Cucuy’ was headlining UFC 216 against Kevin Lee. And Fabricio Werdum faced Walt Harris in the main card. Thus both the elites were invited together to attend the press meet organized by MMA Fighting.

The Lunch had a smooth going until Ferguson thought that Werdum’s appearance overshadowed him. ‘El Cucuy’ was already interacting with the media when Werdum said something in the middle. Ferguson replied, “Hold on, I am talking brother,” stopping the Brazilian mid-talk.

Werdum responded further, but Ferguson mocked him in return. “I don’t understand what he (Fabricio Werdum) is saying. Do you guys understand?“

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Yet, Fabricio went ahead. He was about to hit Ferguson when the media officials interrupted and separated them.

Fabricio Werdum was taken away from the venue. And Ferguson went ahead with his media interaction. Although the beef did not bring out any results, UFC fans still cherish the incident.

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What happened at UFC 216?

Both Ferguson and Werdum won their respective fights via submissions at UFC 216. ‘El Cucuy’ submitted Kevin Lee in the third round of their main-event bout. Meanwhile, Werdum finished Walt Harris via first-round submission. However, Werdum and Tony Ferguson’s interesting feud did not extend further. Thus, it became one of the rarest cross-weight beef in UFC history.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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