Michael Chandler did not keep quiet after former interim Champion Tony Ferguson went rampant in his recent telephonic interview with ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani. Recently, Tony Ferguson slammed the UFC for offering him “clown” Michael Chandler after he was defeated by Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. After raking up 13 straight victories at one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC, Ferguson’s journey for the title belt came to a rather unfortunate ending after he failed to fight for the Lightweight gold at UFC 249 with Khabib Nurmagomedov pulling out of the fight due to the lockdown in light of the pandemic.
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“Now you’re going to bring in a new dude who I have no clue who this dude is,” he said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, “From a marketing standpoint, dude has less than 100k on Twitter. You’re going to try him more notoriety by throwing him against me and throwing him on the Khabib card. I get it. But don’t pay him more than us. He has zero time in the UFC.” Ferguson stated.
Tony Ferguson was furious when he came to know that the UFC is offering Michael Chandler more money despite having never competed inside the octagon. While accepting the fact that you are only as good as your last fight, Ferguson requested some respect on his name considering he accepted a short notice fight against one of the fiercest strikers in the MMA during the pandemic.
Michael Chandler hits back at Tony Ferguson
Michael Chandler hit back at Ferguson as he claimed that the former interim Champion turned down a fight against him in possibly the biggest card of the year alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
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You Turned Down The Fight With Me October 24 On The Biggest Card Of The Year…Now You’re Talking?
— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) October 7, 2020
It’s hard not to agree with Tony Ferguson. Despite raking up 13 back to back victories, Ferguson failed to find a title shot. Now, with just one loss against one of the best that the division has to offer, Ferguson finds it shocking that UFC is overlooking him and paying Michael Chandler more money.
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Tony Ferguson added that he is ready to step inside the octagon come November or December. Talking to ESPN, Ferguson stated that with UFC 255 and UFC 256 needing a main event after Cody Garbrandt pulled out his Flyweight title fight, and Kamaru Usman opting to pull out against Gilbert Burns owing to more preparation time left both the PPV events without a proper main event.
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