After Khabib Nurmagomedov was bounced from his much-anticipated interim Lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson, which was set to go down at UFC 209 last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, because of weight-cutting issues, “El Cucuy” offered an encouraging message to his foe.
But, a few days removed from the pay-per-view (PPV) event, Ferguson is singing a different tune, slamming “The Eagle” and his camp from not properly taken caring of his body in preparation for the bout.
As Ferguson sees it, Nurmagomedov (see his statement here) isn’t the only one who goes through health issues when cutting such a large amount of weight, detailing his own troubles dropping down to 155 pounds ahead of the title fight.
“I felt like shit — the right side of my body was hurting, my back was hurting, but you guys never know me to say anything,” Ferguson said. “I had two more pounds to lose in the morning. I went, I lost my weight in the morning, it sucked, we went to the weigh-ins, I did my part, I went on the scale. I went back to the hotel room and said I need to lay down, I don’t feel too good. I don’t know, from just eating and rehydrating too fast or what it was.”
After three failed attempts to make the fight happen, you can’t blame Ferguson for being turned off at the possibility of a fourth booking. Furthermore, “El Cucuy” found it disrespectful that “The Eagle” was enjoying tasty desserts prior to the fight, which may have aided in his weight-cutting problems.
“I would love to fight Khabib, but there’s no guarantee he’s going to show up and make the weight,” Ferguson said. “I found out, too, that he was eating tiramisu a couple weeks ago on Embedded. I’m like, what is this guy doing? Really? It’s plain disrespectful, it’s unprofessional.”
With Nurmagomedov out of the picture for the time being, Ferguson has his eyes set on bigger and better things such as a title fight against current 155-pound champion, Conor McGregor.
“My next fight needs to be a title fight — I’ve earned every single right of the way,” Ferguson continued. “Somebody that’s guaranteed to show up. I’ve done all my homework, I’ve done, made my ends me for this fight. But, if we’re talking Khabib, there’s got to be some sort of guarantee or insurance for this, man. It’s a crazy bug that I can’t squash and its a tough pill to swallow right now.”