Tony Ferguson has had plenty to say about UFC President Dana White over the last few days — and none of it has been good.
From the sounds of it, Ferguson’s growing disdain for White stems from the comments the UFC boss made after Ferguson was forced out of a 2018 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“There was a lot of emotional damage,” Ferguson said at a UFC 238 media scrum on Thursday (via MMA Junkie). “I mean, just more than anything else, coming from Dana’s mouth, saying that ‘Anybody that wears (sun)glasses inside deserves to have that happen to them.’ Oof, what the (expletive) is that? Dude, I was wearing prescription glasses. I wear them all the time, because obviously I have a couple different things with branding.
“If you guys like Daft Punk, you’d obviously understand why they’d do that. People can dog my style all they want, but it’s my own (expletive). It’s blades and shades all day.”
Unfortunately, Dana White has made negative comments about Tony Ferguson on more than one occasion. These comments have only served to widen the divide between them.
At present, Ferguson seems to want as little to do with the UFC boss as possible.
“He kind of made another joke about it,” Ferguson said. “That’s why our relationship is dissed – I don’t really like trying to get too close to him. He’s not my boss. I work for the company. Literally, I’m not trying to be his best friend.
“What’s the quote? He’s talked about Conor (McGregor). He said, ‘Can’t you (expletive) love him?’ And then he’s like, ‘No, we’re not best friends.’ It’s wishy-washy. I don’t want to be close with anyone who’s wishy-washy.”
Tony Ferguson is set to return to the Octagon opposite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone this weekend. If he wins, he’s more than likely to get the next crack at the winner of Nurmagomedov’s UFC 242 fight with Dustin Poirier. Unfortunately for him, participating in a fight of that scale probably means lots of face time with Dana White.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/7/2019.