Ferguson says Charles Oliveira is the only ‘game opponent’ that wanted to fight


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.

After a storied career that saw him put together one of the most impressive win streaks in UFC, Ferguson was frank about who he is fighting for at this stage of his career.

“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.”

UFC 256 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.





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Michael Jordan has drinks flown into golf course on a drone because he’s Michael Jordan (Video)


Michael Jordan, known by many as the GOAT of basketball, happens to own one of the greatest golf courses of all-time.

Michael Jordan, the former six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, has spent his time running the Charlotte Hornets. He was rather busy, as he managed to acquire sharpshooter Gordon Hayward in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics and drafted LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick. As it turns out, when he’s not spending time owning the Hornets, he runs his own golf course.

Jordan, an avid golfer in his own right, opened up The Grove XXIII in Hobe Sound, Florida, late last year. If you’re lucky enough to play the course, you receive quite the perk. As shown in this video from Golf Digest, you can order beer and snacks from “Air Jordan,” and it’s delivered via drone!

Michael Jordan is the GOAT of golf course owners

That’s a tremendous service provided by Jordan, but it’s one of many that golfers can enjoy.

According to Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports, Grove XXIII has golf carts that can drive up to 35 mph, caddies that drive scooters to set up a golfer’s next shot and a cigar roller inside the clubhouse. And to make things more impressive, whoever scores an eagle on the sixth hole (in commemoration of Jordan’s six Larry O’Brien trophies) will receive a special ring!

Before you start planning on a trip to Grove XXIII, we’re sorry we have to tell you to slow your roll. This is an invite-only club, and as of this writing, there are less than 100 members. Sorry folks, the only way to play at MJ’s GOAT golf course is in our dreams. And the only way we can retrieve a beer is to get up off our couches and walk over to the refrigerator.





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Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher would love to play Ohio State


Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher would love to play Ohio State but recognizes it’s not possible.

Jimbo Fisher would have supported Texas A&M playing Ohio State on Saturday.

Fisher’s No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies had their game with the Ole Miss Rebels postponed due to COVID positivities on the Ole Miss side of things. The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes had The Game vs. the Michigan Wolverines canceled on Saturday for the same reasons regarding the Michigan program. So what if No. 5 Texas A&M were to play No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday?

While Fisher knows that is an impossibility, he did not back away from the hypothetical game in theory. Here is what he had to say on SEC This Morning with Chris Doering and Jacob Hester about his Aggies being prepared to play a team like Ohio State on such short notice.

“I think on Wednesday, I mean I think you’re being a little bit crazy with it. You know that with game preparation and to get the quality of the game you want to do – you want to go into that game for both of us, there’s a lot on the line. You’d want to be prepared for the game,” said Fisher on Wednesday morning.

“Now to play them? It doesn’t bother me to play them. I’d love to play them, play them in the playoffs. Line-up and play them. Whatever it is. I think on Wednesday it’d be a very tough thing to do for a game that would mean so much.”

This would have been as good, if not better, than Mormons vs. Mullets

The reasons this impromptu Power 5 game could not happen are obvious. The whole reason the Power 5 conferences have gone conference-only for 2020 is to have uniformity with regards to COVID-19 testing. There is also television contracts involved with both the Big Ten and the SEC. So who would be pulling a fast one over the other? Disney or FOX? That is why it is not happening.

As Fisher said, he would welcome playing Ohio State. . .in the playoff. Of course, only Ohio State or Texas A&M would make the field as the No. 4 seed. If they were to both miss out because the Clemson Tigers and the Florida Gators win their respective conference championship games, maybe the Buckeyes and the Aggies can play in the Cotton Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl or something?

While this has been a weird year for all of us, one of the best parts of the 2020 season was when a pair of Group of 5 undefeated teams met spontaneously in Greater Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dubbed “Mormons vs. Mullets”, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers stopped the BYU Cougars on the one-yard line as time expired on Saturday night at Brooks Stadium. It was an amazing moment.

Logistically, Texas A&M vs. Ohio State on short notice is impossible, but a boy can dream.

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