Tony Ferguson picked up his ninth consecutive victory during last night’s (Sat., Nov. 5, 2016) UFC Fight Night 98 main event, taking out former Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.
Up next will likely be a shot at the division strap against the winner of the upcoming title fight between 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor, which is set to go down at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016 in New York City.
If it comes to fruition for "El Cucuy," it will be a title fight years in the making. But, according to Tony, if he really wanted the strap, he’d already have it. Instead, he’s focusing on taking out the contenders one by one.
"If I wanted the title, I would have already had it," Ferguson told MMA Junkie. "I wanted to pick this division apart, one by one. I said to (UFC President Dana White), when I was in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ house, he asked me, ‘Who do you want to fight next?’ I told him, ‘This is a tournament, right? Because in a tournament you’re supposed to beat the best. Even if you’re picking them off one by one and being a round-robin, you’ve got to fight absolutely everybody."
If and when he championship fight does come, Ferguson says it will be because he earned it, not talked his way into it.
"When I get to that title, it will be my title, and it will by my fight. Not because I talked my way to get there, or because I have a big-ass following. I don’t care. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to win."
And he wants to win in more than one weight class, as Ferguson says he wants to be a multi-division champion, and is more than confident he can knock heads in not one, not two but three separate weight classes.
"There are two other divisions I would love to be able to go into. I made 153 pounds at the weigh-ins – I weighed in with pants on. I can go down to 145. I can kick everyone’s butt there. I can bump back up to 155, knock everybody out and finish them, and you’re damn sure I can go to 170 and do the same thing. I want to be a multi-division champ."
Of course, McGregor can become the first person to ever hold two titles in as many divisions should he top Alvarez. As far as the UFC 205 main event goes, Ferguson says he’s not the least bit interested in watching it, saying he "has better plans."
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