Earlier this week, top UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee appeared on the JRE MMA Show to discuss all the goings on in the world of MMA.
One of the topics of conversation was Tony Ferguson, who Lee lost to in an interim title bout in October of 2017. Ferguson was recently supposed to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 223, but was unfortunately forced out of the fight with a freak leg injury just a week ahead of the event. Ferguson then went under the knife to repair this injury, and is currently recovering from surgery.
Speaking on to Joe Rogan, Lee speculated that Ferguson might never be the same after this latest injury and surgery.
“I feel bad for the guy, I really do. I don’t think he’ll ever be the same coming off that one,” Lee said (transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “That’s huge, especially at 34 [years old], to try and come back off that. And it kind of sucks for me, too, because I think I fought the best Tony Ferguson that you’re gonna see, period, really.”
Not long after Lee’s appearance on Rogan’s show, Tony Ferguson caught wind of these comments. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t particularly happy about what his former opponent had to say.
“U Can Only Hope & Wish I Won’t Ever Be The Same,” Ferguson said in a classic, all-caps Tweet. “Make No Mistake, I Learn From Everything. Keep Practicing Running Your Mouth. That For Sure Gets You Mat Victories. Young & Dumb. Without Adversity There Is No Progress.”
While Ferguson has been recovering, Kevin Lee picked up a nice win over the dangerous Edson Barboza, reestablishing himself as one of the top lightweight contenders in the process.
Do you think Tony Ferguson can return to his old form after this surgery?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/26/2018.