UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson is hoping to see something extraordinary when Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor throw down at UFC 205 in New York City
Following his second round submission win over Lando Vannata in July, for which both earned Fight of the Night honors, UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson immediately took to the mic to address newly crowned champion Eddie Alvarez.
But his cries for a title fight were inevitably futile as the UFC decided to book Ferguson against former champ Rafael dos Anjos, the man Alvarez dethroned, in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City.
“I’m gonna snap his ass down,” said Ferguson. “I’m gonna put him in snap down city and I’m gonna get him so lost in that place that he has no idea and I’m gonna choke him out. That’s going to come after a barrage of strikes. I’m gonna hit that nose and make his eyes water and make him shoot — It happens with everybody — and once he does, I’m gonna cut him up with my elbows and I’m gonna stuff some knees in there. If he tries to take me down, I’m gonna put him in 10th Planet territory and it’s over for RDA.”
Almost two months after his match-up against Dos Anjos was announced, UFC officials revealed Alvarez will instead challenge featherweight champion Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 205 in New York City.
“Honestly, all those whiny b*tches can fight over the belt,” Ferguson told Submission Radio when asked his thoughts on the superfight. “When I get to that [title shot], they better seriously recycle that belt because so many damn filthy hands have been on it. Seriously, I’m the only one that’s been earning the shit in this division”
In terms of win streaks, Ferguson most certainly makes a strong case for who deserves the next shot at the 155-pound title, as his victory over Vannata extended string of wins to an astounding eight straight. Prior to this performance, “El Cucuy” walked away with a stoppage wins over Edson Barboza, Gleison Tibau and Abel Trujillo and a decision over former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomas.
“I’m the only hammer head in this f***ing division, man,” said Ferguson. “I’m tired of it. All these other little dudes, they’re a bunch of pansies. They need to stop dressing up in suits and worrying about the labels and money and stuff like that and realize what really fighting’s about — that’s pride and doing your best and not worrying about the other bullshit. I’m tired of it, man. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing here and that’s why you rarely see me positing on Instagram anymore.”
As far as a prediction for the fight between Alvarez and McGregor, the former TUF winner is hoping to see something extraordinary once the cage doors closes.
“Honestly, I hope they both knock each other out to be perfectly honest,” said Ferguson “It’d be kind of cool, we haven’t seen a double KO in a while. I just hope it’s a good fight. [There’s] a lot of s**t talk, a lot of hype and stuff. I just hope it’s more than one round. Give the crowd a fight. Give them something that everybody wants to see, which is a good bloody war.”
But even with a with a victory over a former champion, Ferguson recognizes the landscape over who does and doesn’t deserves title fights has changed dramatically.
“Depends how I finish,” said Ferguson when asked if a win over Dos Anjos earns him title fight. “If I finish like Barboza, yes. If I finish like Vannata, no. So it’s all about spectacular presence inside that octagon, man. I’m an entertainer and I aim to please when I go inside there. And the only one I aim to please is myself, which is coming out there and making sure that I gotta come out there (with) a flawless victory this time. And with an RDA victory that’s like that, it will put me in title contention. There’s no doubt in my mind.
“So I’m gonna snap [Dos Anjos’] ass down. I’m gonna put him in snap down city and I’m gonna get him so lost in that place that he has no idea and I’m gonna choke him out. That’s going to come after a barrage of strikes. I’m gonna hit that nose and make his eyes water and make him shoot – It happens with everybody – and once he does, I’m gonna cut him up with my elbows and I’m gonna stuff some knees in there. If he tries to take me down, I’m gonna put him in 10th Planet territory and it’s over for RDA.”
Ferguson and Dos Anjos will do battle at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. The lightweight finals of TUF: Latin America 3 tournament are also expected to take place on the card.