Tony Ferguson claims UFC treat him like a 'piece of meat' and insists he and Dana White are not friends
8th October 2020

TONY FERGUSON insisted he will not be treated like 'a piece of meat' and does not have a friendship with Dana White.

The American was due to face Dustin Poirier in a lightweight title eliminator at UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

But the UFC could not come to terms with Poirier, 31, as the fight fell through.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, faces Justin Gaethje, 31, in a unification, with Michael Chandler, 34, providing back up for the headliner.

Ferguson, 36, was not impressed that Chandler – signed from Bellator – emerged as a potential opponent.

He told ESPN: "Dana wanted to speak for me. He wanted to go out there and be like, 'Tony is gonna take this fight.'

"Bro, we're not friends. I never said we were friends. It's just business, right? I'm there when you need me.

"Seriously, man, I'm a contractor, I do my thing. I love you, fam. I love the UFC and all that. But I'm not just a piece of meat out there.

“Now you’re going to bring in a new dude who I have no clue who this dude is.

“From a marketing standpoint, dude has less than 100k (followers) on Twitter.

"You’re going to try him more notoriety by throwing him against me and throwing him on the Khabib card.

"I get it. But don’t pay him more than us. He has zero time in the UFC.”

Ferguson was due to fight Nurmagomedov in May, but it was cancelled for a FIFTH time.

He instead faced Gaethje, losing in the final round.

Ferguson is hellbent on working his way back to the title, and has Nurmagomedov and Gaethje in his sights.

He explained: "Everybody wants me to fight Khabib right? But I’ve got to earn my right back.

"OK, cool. Who’s it going to be? Dustin? Or is it going to be Chandler? I don’t give a s***.

"I said it was a tournament. Now we’re adding in people. All right, cool. Here we go again.

"Today marks the celebration, right? Khabib and McGregor. That s*** wouldn’t have happened unless they stripped my belt.

"So, f you. Pay me instead of this f***ing clown. I’m coming for [the belt].

"So both [Gaethje] and f***ing fathead [Khabib], this is a message for both of you knuckleheads. It’s my mat and my time."

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