And the ward for most random MMA street clothes scuffle goes to Tony Ferguson and Fabricio Werdum at the UFC 216 media lunch. Preplanned press events usually produce nothing of interest and a ton of canned answers.
Now that Tony Ferguson is headlining pay-per-views maybe there is hope for future media lunch dates. In the middle of answering questions with his hoodie and sunglasses on, Ferguson gets interrupted by Werdum.
The two fighters argue in multiple languages before they have to be physically separated.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 28, 2017
Speaking with our friends over at MMA Fighting, Werdum translated and gave his perspective.
“The guy told me to shut up, man,” the Brazilian said. “We’re both sitting there to do some media. Someone was asking him a question but I turned to talk to another reporter, speaking very low since we were close to each other, and he turned to me and said ‘shut your mouth’ in Spanish, ‘shut up because I’m speaking.’ I said ‘f*cking shut up? F*ck you! Don’t talk to me like that, not with me. Go talk like that to your division. You won’t talk to me like that.’ He told me to shut up out of nowhere, man.
“I know the guy. He’s not a friend, but I know the guy. He came in with all this f*cking negative energy, I went to shake his hands and he wasn’t pleasant. That’s okay, maybe he’s focused, he’s hungry, on a diet, but that’s his problem, so I stayed cool. When I went to talk to another reporter he tells me to shut up? What is this? Are you crazy? I didn’t beat him up there because something could happen and I could lose my fight, I’d break everything there. That’s why I didn’t do anything, especially in consideration to the UFC and Chris, who was coordinating everything there. F*ck, man. How can this guy come and tell me to shut up?”