Tony Ferguson was on a 12-match winning run and was the premier contender for the Lightweight title, but a loss against Justin Gaethje changed things drastically. Dana White reflects on the result of UFC 249.
Tony Ferguson Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is the fight that the fans are longing to witness. The two were booked to face each other on 5 occasions but each time an unfortunate event thwarted them from locking horns inside the Octagon. However, With Khabib being the Lightweight champion and Tony being the Interim titleholder, in 2020 the match was certain to roll but, the global pandemic rapidly changed the course of the fight.
While, the match-up between Khabib and Tony was set as the headliner of UFC 249, which was initially scheduled to take place on April 18 but, the emergence of Covid-19 not only pushed the event to May but also impacted the main event of the concerned event as Khabiib pulled out on account of travel restrictions.
The event though did not get any deferral this time and ultimately it was Justin Gaethje, who filled the spot. Gaethje came in as an underdog but came out on top in the epic encounter against El Cucuy. Thus, superseded Tony in the title race.
For the fight fans all around it was the perfect comeback of combat sports, but for fans and followers of Tony, the fight proved to be the sighter they feared for.
Now, nothing could be changed and what’s left is hindsight. Many people think to this date that Tony shouldn’t have competed as his path was set. And if not the same, Dana White also seemingly has the same view.
Dana White reflects on Tony Ferguson’s loss against Justin Gaethje
The UFC president addressed the media at the weigh-in and Face-off segment of UFC 256. Since it is the event where Tony Ferguson is a protagonist of one of the feature fights, therefore, many questions revolved around the Lightweight contender.
UFC 256 will present a much-awaited bout between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira, and considering it is the fight between two of the top-ranked individuals of the 155-pound category, it is a general realization that whoever wins the co-main event of the night will proceed towards the endgame of title contention, whereas the other individual would apparently lead the opposite trajectory.
In lines with the same, when Dana White was asked if this can be perceived as a do or die situation for Tony Ferguson. Whether it is imperative for him to deliver in this fight since he is coming off from a loss. To which Dana said, “I don’t know what people are going to say. But, we all know that Tony’s dangerous in any fight.”
Dana White also reflected on Tony Ferguson Vs. Justin Gaethje. He said, “I don’t want to take anything away from Gaethje. But, I truly believe Tony does some crazy things sometimes. Tony does things that don’t make sense sometimes. I don’t think Tony should’ve made weight when he didn’t have to fight. And then had to turn around and make weight again. How tough you are, how long you’ve been doing this, it takes a toll on your body.
“I believe personally that it impacted his fight against Gaethje.”
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