Tony Ferguson is confident he’ll be able to beat Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 249.
Ferguson will battle Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, where he enters the bout as a slight favorite. Although he was originally supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, “El Cucuy” says it doesn’t matter as he is always preparing for multiple opponents at once.
So, according to Ferguson, he hasn’t been this confident he’ll win a fight in quite some time.
“I have a very small circle and I have to do that because if you hang out with people who have big egos, you are going to act like you have a big ego. I’m too busy worrying about my shit and I love this shit, man. I’m a f*****g contracted killer out there. I aim to do my shit and I train like a f*****g vicious dude,” Ferguson said on UFC Countdown. “I’m always preparing for three to four people and that’s why I’m ahead of schedule. I haven’t had this confidence in a long f*****g time, man. It took the training that I needed and the opponent. He’s not getting out of the cage.”
Entering this fight, many believe Justin Gaethje has what it takes to knock out Tony Ferguson. Yet, El Cucuy believes “The Highlight” is just one-dimensional and he’ll be able to wear him down.
“One-dimensional is what he is, but he’s very good at it. He brings in a certain kind of culture you could say,” he said. “But, everybody has that same fight inside that cage is to win. If you really want it bad enough, you are going to knock somebody out in the first round, second round, don’t matter, third round. You are going to knock them out.
“You wear them down,” he continued. “Wear them down, wear them down, wear them down, wear them down like a paper clip, until they break and they won’t be able to put themselves back together.”
In the end, Tony Ferguson knows he’ll get his hand raised and “defend” his belt once again.
“The fight’s gonna play out one way. My hand raised in victory, and I’m going to defend my belt,” he concluded.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 5/4/2020.