Tony Ferguson Issues Warning To Tyron Woodley & Welterweight Division

Tony Ferguson is no stranger to the 170-pound weight division, and he’s not letting anyone forget it. ‘El Cucuy’ burst onto the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene competing in the welterweight division, as he won The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 (TUF 13) at 170 pounds. Ferguson has since returned to his regular home at 155 pounds, currently

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Tony Ferguson is no stranger to the 170-pound weight division, and he’s not letting anyone forget it.

‘El Cucuy’ burst onto the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene competing in the welterweight division, as he won The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 (TUF 13) at 170 pounds. Ferguson has since returned to his regular home at 155 pounds, currently on a spectacular nine-fight win streak and holding to No. 2-ranked position in the UFC’s lightweight rankings.

Although he may be on the brink of championship glory at lightweight, Ferguson issued a warning to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and the entire 170-pound division, during an appearance on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds Podcast, saying he could return to the weight class at the drop of a dime (quotes via MMA Mania):

“You want me to bump up a weight class and fight Tyron Woodley? I sized that dude up too and that dude is not that big. I sized up Wonderboy too. Carlos Condit. You know I got into this UFC game for Georges St-Pierre? Because he was at 170 pounds. When I fought I was 10-2, 11-2 after I won The Ultimate Fighter at 170 pounds.

“That was my 170-pound record, 11-2. I’m 23-3 now. So I’ve been fluctuating between two weight classes. I own 170 and 155. These are my weight classes. You want me to go back up to 170? I’m beefy. I feel good at 170. My wife loves me at 170. So, we’ve got options.”

Neither Ferguson or Woodley have officially been booked for a bout as of this writing, so perhaps the two could get the chance to squash the beef in the near future. It is more likely, however, that Woodley will defend his title against the winner of Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia at UFC 211 in a few weeks, while Ferguson awaits an interim title bout against another top ranked lightweight contender.

Who would you like to see Ferguson and Woodley matched up with next?

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Ryan Bader Wants to Make Statement by Finishing Phil Davis

Ryan Bader and Phil Davis fought once before, with “Darth” coming out the winner via split decision back in 2015. Now, two-plus years later, Bader will try to make it 2-0 vs. “Mr. Wonderful” when they collide at Bellator 180 – and this time, the light heavyweight title is on the line. Bader signed with […]

Ryan Bader and Phil Davis fought once before, with “Darth” coming out the winner via split decision back in 2015. Now, two-plus years later, Bader will try to make it 2-0 vs. “Mr. Wonderful” when they collide at Bellator 180 – and this time, the light heavyweight title is on the line. Bader signed with […]

Mike Perry Isn’t Fond of Al Iaquinta’s ‘Sour Attitude’ Toward The UFC

Mike Perry believes in the saying, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Al Iaquinta has been less than thrilled with his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. In fact, he took a two-year break because of it. He returned in dominant fashion against Diego Sanchez, but then went on a Twitter rant blasting the UFC’s […]

Mike Perry believes in the saying, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Al Iaquinta has been less than thrilled with his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. In fact, he took a two-year break because of it. He returned in dominant fashion against Diego Sanchez, but then went on a Twitter rant blasting the UFC’s […]

Daniel Cormier Demands Fight With Jon Jones At UFC 214

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has made it clear and thrown down the challenge. He is ready for his rematch with bitter rival Jon Jones, and it appears that the fight will take place at UFC 214. While the UFC has yet to make the bout official, it has been a long road to

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UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has made it clear and thrown down the challenge. He is ready for his rematch with bitter rival Jon Jones, and it appears that the fight will take place at UFC 214. While the UFC has yet to make the bout official, it has been a long road to having a second showdown between these two fighters. The fight is being targeted for the July 29 event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view while the prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier did not confirm the matchup on this week’s edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 where he is the co-host. Jones has fought just once since his initial clash with Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015 because of various outside-the-octagon issues. His last fight came in April 2016 at UFC 197 resulted in a unanimous-decision win over Ovince Saint Preux. On the other hand, Cormier, who is coming off a second-round submission of Anthony Johnson earlier this month at UFC 210, has teased a potential title defense against Jimi Manuwa. Cormier stated that he calls the shots in the division and that Jones shouldn’t fight anyone but him upon his return.

“Take the fight with me, Jon Jones,” Cormier said (transcript courtesy of MMA Junkie. “There are no tune-up fights in the UFC. Try to get your title back. Come meet your boy ‘DC,’ come get this money. Let’s get money together and give the people in Anaheim a show. No tune-up for Jon Jones, he gets to come and get beat by me this time. We’re fighting right now, or he doesn’t get to fight me. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now.”

It will be very interesting to see if the Cormier vs. Jones rematch will serve as the UFC 214 main event as UFC President Dana White has suggested it will not due to the trust issues with Jones. Either way, “DC” expects to come out victorious this time.

“The person that we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new, USADA-regulated Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “He’s always going to look like that. So, yes, I will beat him up on July 29th.”

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Says Bout With Valerie Letourneau Would be ‘Legit’

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is ready for the cream of the crop, and feels Valerie Letourneau could give her the competition she wants. Since making her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, Macfarlane’s record has been perfect. She’s won all six of her bouts and has three submission wins along with a 10-second knockout. In her last […]

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is ready for the cream of the crop, and feels Valerie Letourneau could give her the competition she wants. Since making her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, Macfarlane’s record has been perfect. She’s won all six of her bouts and has three submission wins along with a 10-second knockout. In her last […]

Marcos Galvao’s Savings Stolen in New York While on Vacation in Brazil

Marcos Galvao is having a rough spring. The former Bellator bantamweight champion is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Emmanuel Sanchez, but he’s got bigger problems on his hands. Galvao took a vacation to Brazil and when he got back home to New York, he realized his safe containing a substantial amount of money […]

Marcos Galvao is having a rough spring. The former Bellator bantamweight champion is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Emmanuel Sanchez, but he’s got bigger problems on his hands. Galvao took a vacation to Brazil and when he got back home to New York, he realized his safe containing a substantial amount of money […]