This coming Saturday, in the main event of the monumental UFC 205, UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in a bid to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two divisions in tandem.
As it turns out, however, McGregor isn’t the only fighter on the UFC roster with plans to win titles in multiple divisions. Tony Ferguson, who won big over former champ Rafael Dos Anjos last weekend, also has his eyes on multi-divisional gold. In fact, he’d like to win titles in three divisions, not just two.
Ferguson broke down these lofty goals in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
“There are two other divisions I would love to be able to go into,” the streaking lightweight explained. “I made 153 pounds at the weigh-ins – I weighed in with pants on. I can go down to 145. I can kick everyone’s butt there. I can bump back up to 155, knock everybody out and finish them, and you’re damn sure I can go to 170 and do the same thing. I want to be a multi-division champ.”
These of course, are not the kind of goals that can be achieved over night. Luckily, Ferguson is happy to take the scenic route, just like he’s been doing at lightweight, where he’s currently riding a division best, 9-fight win-streak.
“If I wanted the title, I would have already had it,” Ferguson explained. “I wanted to pick this division apart, one by one. I said to [UFC President Dana White], when I was in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ house, he asked me, ‘Who do you want to fight next?’ I told him, ‘This is a tournament, right? Because in a tournament you’re supposed to beat the best. Even if you’re picking them off one by one and being a round-robin, you’ve got to fight absolutely everybody.”
Having defeated Dos Anjos, Ferguson now looks like he’s mere inches from a lightweight title shot. Though the case can also be made for 23-0 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, it’s getting harder and harder to deny Ferguson his opportunity
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