Tony Ferguson is coming off of easily the biggest win of his professional MMA career when he defeated former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98.
However, the top ranked lightweight contender may be in line for a title shot in his next fight, but the lightweight title may not be the only belt he is interested in.
“If I wanted the title, I would have already had it,” Ferguson said to MMA Junkie. “I wanted to pick this division apart, one by one. I said to (UFC President Dana White), when I was in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ house, he asked me, ‘Who do you want to fight next?’ I told him, ‘This is a tournament, right? Because in a tournament you’re supposed to beat the best. Even if you’re picking them off one by one and being a round-robin, you’ve got to fight absolutely everybody. When I get to that title, it will be my title, and it will by my fight. Not because I talked my way to get there, or because I have a big-ass following. I don’t care. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to win. There are two other divisions I would love to be able to go into. I made 153 pounds at the weigh-ins – I weighed in with pants on. I can go down to 145. I can kick everyone’s butt there. I can bump back up to 155, knock everybody out and finish them, and you’re damn sure I can go to 170 and do the same thing. I want to be a multi-division champ.”
Ferguson is coming off of a win over the aforementioned Dos Anjos. The former TUF champion says wanted to make the fighter quit during the course of the fight.
“’RDA’ posed no threat to me. I felt not one time I was in any danger. … My coach Eddie Bravo tells me that I told him in the second round, I told him I was going to break his shin. And one of my coaches back home, he told me, ‘Make sure you kick his front shin. Make him quit.’ And after I started doing that and I saw his face wince with pain, and every time I checked his kicks, he didn’t want no more part of me inside that octagon. So I wanted to go five rounds and I wanted to make sure that the whole entire division knew exactly who I am.“
Ferguson does not yet have his next fight announced, but he's likely in the title hunt..
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