Dana White: Tony Ferguson Must Be Evaluated Before Fighting

UFC President Dana White has a different take entirely when it comes to Tony Ferguson’s Octagon return. Ferguson, who hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at last October’s UFC 229, has been dealing with personal issues. Many of the reports have been rather disturbing. “El Cucuy” has, however, kept his fans in the loop via […]

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UFC President Dana White has a different take entirely when it comes to Tony Ferguson’s Octagon return.

Ferguson, who hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at last October’s UFC 229, has been dealing with personal issues. Many of the reports have been rather disturbing.

“El Cucuy” has, however, kept his fans in the loop via social media. In a post prior to last weekend’s UFC 236, Ferguson insisted he had passed his medical evaluations and would be back in the Octagon soon.

eporters brought this to White’s attention at the UFC 236 post-fight press conference. The boss insisted Ferguson is far from a return.

“I don’t know if Tony’s ready to fight, I don’t know if that’s absolutely accurate,” White said (via MMAJunkie). “We haven’t had anybody evaluate him yet.”

Injuries have impacted Ferguson’s career in several ways. For instance, he, not Dustin Poirier, was supposed to be fighting Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236.

“This was (Ferguson’s) fight,” White said. “This was supposed to be him and Max, this was his fight, and he turned it down. We’ve made it very clear that the winner of this fight would fight for the title. So that’s the deal. Unless something happens to Dustin Poirier. He gets hurt, he gets injured or something happens, he’s got the fight.”

Poirier went on to win the interim title by toppling Holloway. Now, according to White, ‘The Diamond’ will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the championship.

Where does that leave Ferguson? White made it clear “El Cucuy” won’t return until he is confident that Ferguson has handled his personal affairs. The veteran was once the clear-cut title contender in a stacked division. Now, his return remains uncertain.

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UFC Boss Dana White Says Doctors Must Evaluate Tony Ferguson Before He Can Return

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White wants Tony Ferguson to be evaluated by doctors before he can compete again. Many were surprised to hear when news first broke that Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier would compete for the interim l…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White wants Tony Ferguson to be evaluated by doctors before he can compete again. Many were surprised to hear when news first broke that Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier would compete for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236, which took place this past Saturday night (April 13). It […]

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Quote: ‘GSP’ Was The Only Fighter That Didn’t Get Pressured By Dana White

Georges St-Pierre isn’t only one of the greatest fighters of all time, but one of the best businessmen the fight game has seen. “GSP” reigned as welterweight king from 2008 to 2013. He then vacated the title before retiring for severa…

Georges St-Pierre isn’t only one of the greatest fighters of all time, but one of the best businessmen the fight game has seen. “GSP” reigned as welterweight king from 2008 to 2013. He then vacated the title before retiring for several years. In 2017, St-Pierre returned to the Octagon right into a middleweight title fight […]

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Ex-UFC Star Says GSP Is ‘Only One’ Who Dana White Couldn’t Pressure

One former UFC star thinks UFC President Dana White couldn’t pressure Georges St-Pierre. That star is Patrick Cote. The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion announced his retirement from active MMA competition earlier this year. Fight fans will remember him as one of the greatest fighters of all-time. For Cote, he thinks that GSP is a […]

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One former UFC star thinks UFC President Dana White couldn’t pressure Georges St-Pierre. That star is Patrick Cote.

The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion announced his retirement from active MMA competition earlier this year. Fight fans will remember him as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.

For Cote, he thinks that GSP is a one-of-a-kind athlete that not even the UFC boss could handle or pressure. He elaborated on his mindset during a recent episode of the Pull No Punches podcast with Kajan Johnson and Shakiel Mahjouri.

This is where he had a ton of praise for his fellow retired Canadian fighter.

“The UFC came to Canada because of GSP,” said Cote (H/T to Bloody Elbow). “There is no black cloud over his head. There is nothing wrong with that guy. He was pure class inside and outside the cage. He did so much for that sport. The sport is safer and cleaner because of Georges St-Pierre. He was the only one who really, really stayed with his own ideas and didn’t get pressured by Dana White. He left for four years, came back, won the [middleweight] title, ‘f—k that, I don’t want the title anymore,’ retired again. That is insane. He is the only one who was able to do that.”

“Here in Montreal, he has an anti-bullying foundation that is doing quite well,” Cote continued. “He is giving back to his community. If you want a role model for your kid to follow, even if you don’t like MMA, watch his path and what he did in that sport.”

Cote has fought some of the biggest names in the history of the sport. Cote, who was a finalist on season four of The Ultimate Fighter, has competed against the likes of Anderson Silva, Donald Cerrone, Ricardo Almeida, Stephen Thompson, Tito Ortiz, and Chris Leben.

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Dana White Reveals Bleak Timeline For UFC 165-Pound Division

UFC President Dana White has been very vocal about not wanting to add a 165-pound division to the promotion. While several fighters such as Ben Askren, Kevin Lee, Paul Felder, and James Vick have shown support for the idea, White believes adding such a weight class would do more damage than good. In a recent […]

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UFC President Dana White has been very vocal about not wanting to add a 165-pound division to the promotion.

While several fighters such as Ben Askren, Kevin Lee, Paul Felder, and James Vick have shown support for the idea, White believes adding such a weight class would do more damage than good. In a recent interview during UFC 236, White doubled down on his comments:

“I believe that both of those divisions are stacked. If we create a 165-pound division, I believe it hurts those divisions.”

“You’re talking about a lot of guys that are jumping ship from different weight classes to go back and forth. A 165-pound division will not answer all the questions. You gotta have these divisions stacked. What’s more exciting right now than 155 and 170? They’re probably the two most exciting divisions out there right now. Creating a third division weakens both of those.”

In regards to if the division could show up in the future, White reminded that he has signed on with the UFC on a new seven-year deal recently. So don’t expect a 165-pound division for at least that long:

“Well I just signed a new deal for seven years, so you’re not gonna have one for seven years. That I can promise you.”

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Dana White Defends Interim Titles After Back-to-Back Wars at UFC 236

UFC president Dana White has never understood the backlash about introducing interim titles in the mix in any given division. The argument against interim titles typically revolves around the UFC seemingly putting a championship up for grabs whenever a…

UFC president Dana White has never understood the backlash about introducing interim titles in the mix in any given division. The argument against interim titles typically revolves around the UFC seemingly putting a championship up for grabs whenever a card is in need of a headliner with limited options available. While there are no rules […]

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