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Tony Ferguson Doubts Khabib’s Retirement, Talks Vacant Title

As far as Tony Ferguson goes, the retirement announcement by Khabib isn't going to stick for that much longer.

Tony Ferguson was a guest on “Submission Radio” recently and plenty was up for discussion.

Ferguson, never one to shy away from expressing his feelings, opened up on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement announcement, Dustin Poirier and the vacant UFC lightweight title.

On the Gaethje/Khabib result

“I think Justin had a hell of a week out there in Abu Dhabi. I’m not gonna say people were fucking with him, but I’m gonna be real, that wasn’t the same Justin. But you guys saw the same shit with me, right? So, if you want somebody to lose, then you’re gonna make all that shit happen. You gotta be ready for it and you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges, and Gaethje went out there unprepared, bro, made it emotional. So, it’s the same shit. I’m gonna be real, nobody wants to hurt Gaethje. Khabib didn’t, I didn’t. I said that same shit in my interview. Khabib is a fucking copycat of everything I say. And nothing against Khabib, but a can of coke and a fucking double cheese burger? Fuck off, dude. The can of coke and all the bullshit, dude, that bullshit are my little things. You want to fight GSP? I’m glad the dude’s retired. He needs to enjoy your shit. You had a great fight. It was a good fight, bro. You know what I mean? It was smart. It’s different, dude, when you’re inside that cage. It really is. And I got a lot of props for Khabib and what he’s done, but I’m gonna be real, he’s still my bitch, it’s still my mat.”

On Khabib retiring

“I completely called it out. I called it out on my post. You guys can see that. I called he was gonna retire. I mean, Ali Abdelaziz did his job. He kept his client safe, kept him away from very dangerous opponents. I mean, that’s what an agent and a manger is supposed to do. Although, he is a piece of shit, but I have to say, he did the smart thing. I mean, he avoided me at all fucking costs. I mean, the Russians, they avoided me at all fucking costs. That’s fucking awesome. So, you know what, I did my job. They ran. Fucken Dagestani ran with his tail between his legs. But you know what, he’s off in the sunset. I have to give him props. Go handle your family business, and I’ll see you when you get here. Back. Because you’re gonna miss it like Conor. So, you know what, I’m calling it out again, he’s going to be back. So, I’ll be fucking ready.”

On wanting super fights and a CSO belt

“I’m fighting super fights now. I want the title. Fuck the BMF belt, let’s get the CSO belt. I’m the Chief Security Officer of the UFC, and I try to make sure this company is going to keep going on and making sure that this younger generation are going to keep up their fucking part, and they’re not gonna be pussyfooting it, you know what I mean? Looks like, son, you got a mild case of bitch-ass. I’m prescribing you a heavy dose of man-the-fuck-up.”

On who he wants to fight for the belt against

“Well, I don’t know. I kind of called out everybody on one post, and Dustin already fucken said ‘Let’s do it’. So, he wants to fight for the fucken title for me, so he’s already the kind of dude to skip shit and kind of whatever he’s gotta do. So, the way I called it was, you gotta have myself and you gotta have Dustin Poirier fight for the title. I mean, Gaethje fucking lost. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve been doing my shit and making sure I’m keeping cool, calm and collected. Being real, give me the fucking title shot. Give me my chance. You guys want to see me fight, I really want to fight. I have a belt, I have a fight-of-the-year award, I have the Ultimate Fighter trophy, I got a couple of championship rings, I got medals, I got a bunch of awards and all American certificates, and certificates of merit for helping people out.”

On helping someone in a serious car accident last week

“Last week I was helping out a life guard. There was a gentleman that got hit. I’m holding his head and holding his neck so that way his fucking pathway was breathing.”

“So, I come up on this intersection, I’m doing a roundabout around my house because I’m doing a neighbourhood watch type of thing, and I go and there’s a person in the middle of the fucking road. I threw on my hazards cause people were ignoring it and it looked like a duffle bag. And so, these people start carrying him off. Dude was bleeding from his head and he was just in bad shape. Another guy, he was a life guard and I assisted him. So, we checked his vitals to see if he was good. I checked his spine. His spine was there. I mean, [we did] as much as we could till the police arrived. And then fire fighters got there and then they assisted him and they assisted me and I went home, washed my hands and came back and checked on the guy. The guy that was behind me actually hit him, and the guy that was in front of me was a life guard. So, I didn’t even know the guy behind me hit him. So, I’m trying to comfort both of these guys. It was fucking crazy.”

On liking the idea of being the TUF coach for the next season against Michael Chandler

“I’m gonna be real, anybody against me in the Ultimate Fighter, if they’re gonna play the show again, I would love to go on there. It would be funny as fuck and it’d be cool to me. I’d be an alumni. Everybody else has been invited on there. So, fuck you, pay me. Let’s go. Let’s make that shit happen. Watch my team win it all. Team Lesnar, Team Ferguson.”

On wanting to fight for the vacant belt

“Yeah, absolutely. I’m ready for a belt. That’s why I said I’m gonna throw a bit more media out there. I haven’t done it because I haven’t had a reason before. Even because I didn’t want to scare Khabib away. But even without fucken fighting that bitch I made him retire. So, like I said, props to you, ride off into the sunset with your fucking hat. When you come back, I’ll put my fucken baseball hat against your hat and we’ll have a nice cultured exchange.”

“So, like I said, he can ride off into the sunset, he can do his thing, but I’m not gonna change because somebody else is gone. I have to keep on my path. Props to him for completing his mission for his pops and everything like that, but my family would want me to keep continuing on in my dream and all my stuff and making sure I keep my word against other opponents.”

On how the UFC could get Tony to come back, and not being happy about Chandler potentially getting paid more than him

“Don’t pay somebody more than me. Don’t pay anybody more than me. If you’re gonna pay Conor more than me, I understand that. But don’t pay anybody more than me in this division. Like, seriously. Especially a new guy. I’ve earned this right. I started from the mail room, all the way through the fucking beginning, earned my rights through all Fuel TV, Spike TV, FOX, ESPN, all the switches between Reebok and losing sponsors. Who’s their main fucking guy that’s stayed here and has been the same fucking guy; that started with cringe and then became an asshole and then fucken became cool, and now I’m a genius? And I now look like Dr. Ferguson. What the fuck right?”

On why Conor doesn’t deserve a title shot at 155

“He just deserves a chance to fight, that’s what he deserves. He just deserves a chance to fight. Fuck him and fighting for the title. He needs to fight. He needs to fight somebody like, I don’t know, top 15. Get his ass back on there. He don’t belong in the top five. Get the fuck out of here. Fuck you, pay me, dude. Nothing personal, but you’re still a bitch, you know what I mean? If you want that heavy competition, quit hanging around everybody else and get your ass back in the gym, or fucken your own place. Same thing with all these other dudes. Take fucking notes, man. If you take that many notes, you guys should be better than what you are and have more balls. Looks like somebody fucken got neutered along the way. At least the top three. Just not me.”

On Khabib wanting to be named the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC’s rankings

“Oh, fuck him, dude. Half of his fights were two-round fights over in Europe. And the one thing is, he never fought me. How could you be a pound-for-pound pussy? Yeah, I mean, there you go. Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, all these guys are much better than Khabib. They’ve had the titles. Matt Hughes. Look at all these other guys. What, did you forget? It’s always gonna be the greatest of all time for five minutes. What the fuck? It’s going to be consistently changing.”

Wanting Khabib in Submission Underground

“Even if Khabib don’t fucking fight me, he’s gonna come back. He likes this sport, he enjoyed it. If he wants, you know, we’ll go on Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground. We’ll handle this thing like men, like Bushido. People want to see the competition, and there’s a lot of different things that we could do where we could compete. I wouldn’t mind competing with him on the Ultimate Fighter. That’d be kind of fun.”

On being ready to return to fight for the title this year

“This year, give me this year. You’re gonna have a vacant fucking title for months? A year? What? Same thing like you let have Khabib for half the time, man. Any time he got injured or have pulled out, the bitch still had it. So, enjoy your retirement. That’s my belt, dude. That’s always been my mat.”

If December works for Tony

“I’ll be real, any event, man. I’m light as fuck.”

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