Tony Ferguson wants a shot at the UFC lightweight title currently owned by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Riding high on 12-straight wins over some of the division’s best fighters, he’s more than earned the opportunity, and he’s getting tired of waiting.
As it turns out, his fans are tired of waiting too.
Speaking on Instagram on Tuesday, UFC President divulged that he’s recently been “terrorized” by passionate Tony Ferguson fans, who are demanding he grant the top lightweight contender a title shot.
He reminds those fans that he has not denied Ferguson a title shot outright, and that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently tied up with a UFC 242 fight with interim champion Dustin Poirier anyway.
“When did I say that this guy doesn’t deserve anything? I mean if you do your homework on the Tony Ferguson thing, how many times have Tony Ferguson and Khabib [Nurmagomedov] been lined up to fight? It didn’t work out,” White said (via MMA Fighting). “He was the interim champion, blew his knee out, he had to have ACL surgery. He was out. We just offered him the fight with [Dustin] Poirier to fight Khabib next, he turned the fight down. Then he came back a few weeks later and was ready to fight again.
“Everybody’s acting like I’ve denied Tony his shot at the title,” White continued. “It’s just that he’s had a bad string of luck and things haven’t gone his way. But everybody’s terrorizing me like I’m not giving him what he deserves. If you’re a fan of the sport, you saw how this whole thing played out. That’s how we got where we are now.”
What do you think of this response from Dana White? Do you think it will soothe the fired up fans of Tony Ferguson?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/19/2019.