Tony Ferguson took questions from the media a few days out from his showdown with Charles Oliveira.
After a failed title shot against Justin Gaethje in May, Tony Ferguson returns to action this weekend at UFC 256 in a matchup nobody saw coming. Ferguson is slated to take on fellow UFC veteran Charles Oliveria in a contest that has title implications. Perhaps a reason why the contest was so unexpected is that the rumors swirling around over the past couple of months were that Ferguson would be the man to welcome UFC newcomer Michael Chandler to the promotion.
It isn’t clear why the rumors never came to be a reality, but according to Ferguson, there was some confusion amongst all parties somewhere along the way.
“UFC said that Chandler had a fight and Chandler said that he didn’t have a fight. Somewhere along the lines, somebody was f–king lying,” said Ferguson during the UFC 256 media day. “Oliveira is the only game opponent that wanted to fight.”
It seems as though finding a dance partner wasn’t an easy feat, as Ferguson puts it, Oliveira got the nod simply because no other fighter at the top of the lightweight rankings was willing to sign on the dotted line.
“Poirier doesn’t want to fight, McNuggets ran and tiramisu is gone,” he said.
“I’m going to be real, I go out there and I fight for myself now,” he said. “I used to spread myself so thin trying to make everybody happy and it got my nowhere.”
“I’m here for me and my close circle, which is my faith, my family, and my friends.”