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Midnight Mania! Tony Ferguson says Paradigm Sports Management protected Conor McGregor from him

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Tony Ferguson has been giving me simply massive amounts of material this week, and the hits keep coming. Ferguson has a lot to say and a lot of people to be angry with, but as we talked about last night, sometimes his complaints are a bit of a stretch.

Maybe not this time.

Just a couple months ago, Ferguson left his former management company, Paradigm Sports Management. Prior to that point, both Ferguson and Conor McGregor were managed by Paradigm. Take it from the Irishman himself:

Now, Ferguson says that his former management directly denied his requests to fight McGregor, keeping “El Cucuy” far away from the superstar. Here’s the quote, transcribed courtesy of LowKickMMA.

“When I asked them, I said straight up, ‘I want Conor next,’ they basically told me no,” Ferguson said in a recent interview with ESPN. “They’re defending him the same way Dana is defending him. Any person that’s got their hands in Conor’s pockets, they’re kissing their a**. I’m not going to say anything else about that but literally man, the kid don’t run the show. He don’t run me man. You never heard this dude speak my name, you never heard this dude talk sh*t about me.”

This time around, I think it’s fair to say Ferguson has a point. Generally, managers don’t have much of a problem with their athletes fighting one another. Take someone like Ali Abdelaziz for example, who represents both Marlons Moraes and Henry Cejudo in Saturday’s main event. Regardless of who wins, Abdealziz gets his percentage from both men, and the world keeps on spinning.

McGregor is a different case however. The biggest star in the sport can only maintain that status if gets back into the win column in the near future. Ferguson’s salary — and thus Paradigm’s percentage — might increase with a bout opposite McGregor, but the potential drop in McGregor’s value should he come up short yet again would affect Paradigm far more than Ferguson’s momentary jump.

Paradigm wants the lowest risk possible for McGregor or at least the highest reward. “El Cucuy” is neither.


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