- Tony Ferguson believes he would’ve beaten Charles Oliveira had he trained harder
- “El Cucuy” also thinks fans would like to see him take on Khabib Nurmagomedov
Despite becoming a social media meme after his devastating KO loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274, Tony Ferguson is still optimistic about facing the biggest draws in the lightweight division. In fact, two of his top targets at the moment are former 155-pound kings Charles Oliveira and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Either way is good
When asked by a fan on Twitter to name who the harder fight for him is between Oliveira and Nurmagomedov, “El Cucuy” confidently replied that he’ll face and beat “any of them” as long as he will train harder than his previous fights.
“Nothing personal, but I really didn’t train anything for Charles,” Ferguson said. “He’s A Good kid who needed a boost. I’ll see him again. Any of them & with real training I win. Khabibi on the other hand would be a fun one the fans would like.”
Nothing personal, but I really didn’t train anything for Charles. 📠 He’s A Good kid who needed a boost. I’ll see him again. Any of them & with real training I win. Khabibi on the other hand would be a fun one the fans would like. 💯 pic.twitter.com/vTKnG0wQNb
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) June 3, 2022
The more the merrier
It can be recalled that Ferguson already lost to Oliveira in 2020 at UFC 256 via unanimous decision. As for Nurmagomedov, he and “El Cucuy” have been slated to square off multiple times in the past but the fight never took place until “The Eagle” decided to retire.
However, it appears that the pair is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as both fighters have already verbally agreed to coach and fight at The Ultimate Fighter.
Aside from Nurmagomedov, Ferguson is also keen on having a stand-up war against Dustin Poirier.
As things stand, “El Cucuy” has gone winless in four consecutive fights under the UFC banner and the feeling is that his future in the promotion has become uncertain following the knockout loss to Chandler.