Tony Ferguson Reveals Why He Cut 24lbs Despite Cancelled UFC 249 Fight
Tony Ferguson has explained why he cut a massive 24lbs to make weight despite UFC 249 being cancelled.
Ferguson hit the championship limit of 155lbs on Friday as he continued to cut weight despite his title fight with Justin Gaethje being cancelled.
Tony Ferguson is the type of guy to weigh in for a cancelled event...
Championship weight from El Cucuy :muscle: (@espnmma) pic.twitter.com/LhHJGPzjGJ
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 17, 2020
And the 36-year-old has revealed why he made weight even though he isn't fighting this weekend.
"It wasn't just for me - it was for my team, man, and my sponsors and obviously for my family," Ferguson explained to ESPN.
"And just the commitment to myself to follow through with the weight cut. To me that says a lot more for my stock. Saying that you know what, 'I'm gonna make weight; I'm not gonna miss weight.'
"I have what it takes mentally to go through this fight camp. It's gonna be awesome, dude. It was such a great experience."
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Tony Ferguson just sent me this. He has officially made 155. pic.twitter.com/yy9zWWqYPB
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 17, 2020
The interim-UFC lightweight title bout against Gaethje is still in play for May 9.
Tony Ferguson has aimed a dig at fierce rival Khabib following the rumoured UFC event on May 9. :grimacing: https://t.co/sAGWShmijE
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 16, 2020
But 'El Cucuy' said he has yet to sign anything for the new date, but he's aware he might need to cut weight again.
"I've been dong the exact same sh*t," Ferguson added. "Everybody has been quarantined now, but I'm still living the same life. I'm still doing my thing, which is training and bettering myself every single day. My growth factor is f**king huge right now, pardon my language. Literally, I feel great.
"For me to make weight and Justin Gaethje not to make weight, that's a chalk line right there. That's a chalk line versus any opponent I have. Any person that would make championship weight today was the smart one that's gonna compete on that card, that's still competing."
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