Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is playing the waiting game. The only fighter ranked above him was unable to make weight for their latest bout, while the division champion is off chasing “Money” fights in another sport.
But that doesn’t mean he’s run out of people to fight.
“El Cucuy” won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 competing at 170 pounds and has no qualms about moving back up to welterweight for a crack at the division crown, currently held by Tyron Woodley.
“You want me to bump up a weight class and fight Tyron Woodley? I sized that dude up too and that dude is not that big. I sized up Wonderboy too. Carlos Condit. You know I got into this UFC game for Georges St-Pierre? Because he was at 170 pounds. When I fought I was 10-2, 11-2 after I won The Ultimate Fighter at 170 pounds. That was my 170-pound record, 11-2. I’m 23-3 now. So I’ve been fluctuating between two weight classes. I own 170 and 155. These are my weight classes. You want me to go back up to 170? I’m beefy. I feel good at 170. My wife loves me at 170. So, we’ve got options.”
Remember when weight classes used to be a thing?
Woodley is already back in training camp but has yet to reveal his next opponent. “The Chosen One” was expected to fight the returning Georges St-Pierre; however, “Rush” opted for a middleweight fight against division champion Michael Bisping.
Leading to speculation about this fantasy fight.
In the meantime, Ferguson will have no choice but to call out as many fighters as possible (like this guy) and hope for the best.