Tony Ferguson has fired shots at Dana White ahead of his lightweight contest against Michael Chandler this weekend at UFC 274.
Ferguson is currently riding a three fighting losing streak, with his most recent loss coming against Beneil Dariush at UFC 264. He will face Michael Chandler in a highly anticipated lightweight contest at UFC 274, which ‘El Cucuy’ said is a must-win for him as he’s tired of the promotion’s ‘retaliation tactics’.
Tony Ferguson On Dana White
Speaking to the media ahead of UFC 274 (as transcribed by MMA Fighting), Ferguson opened up on the multitude of issues he’s faced with the promotion, particularly fighter pay.
“I think we’re underpaid, personally, I’m going to be real,” Ferguson said. “I’m not going to say too much. Dana said something the other day, it’s on my phone, I think it’s from MMA Fighting actually reposted it talking about how boxers being overpaid. I asked Dana to box, he said f*** no. I’m like why? I want to go play baseball, I want to go do other pro sports. I’m an athlete. I grew up doing different pro sports at a very high level. I won a state championship in football, we were 27-1. I come from Grand Valley State University as a wrestler, I want to go do wrestling. I’ve got uncle Brock [Lesnar] that’s right there watching me.
“I want to go do all these couple things but then I have this guy right here acting like a f***ing drug dealer, telling me I can’t go do this s***. I want to go make more money for my family. The promoters here act like drug dealers sometimes. They just throw down a couple bucks here and there like ‘come here, kid — here, take this, take this, take this’ — and if you don’t have the will to say no to that stupid s*** you’re going to get f***ed.”
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