Seven months later, the surging contender is back in the same position, just a couple days away from challenging for UFC gold for the first time, thankful for the extra time he's had to prepare for the biggest fight of his career and confident that he's done the work required to emerge victorious when he squares off with Kevin Lee in the main event of UFC 216 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
"It's been my division before McNuggets even stepped into this b****", Ferguson said. I mean, that just kind of says something where it's like, when you lose and then you win your next fight, you're only as good as your last fight.
"They need to stop dressing up in suits and worrying about the labels and money and stuff like that and realise what really fighting's about - that's pride and doing your best and not worrying about the other b******t", he added. It will be on my timetable, I'll tell him when we gonna fight. He was getting out-wrestled by a dude who's 40 years old and a boxer. He will be going after the back, but he has to get close to Johnson to put this into effect. The undefeated Dagestani pulled out of the fight the morning of the weigh-ins due to weight cutting issues, but both fighters still engaged in the media day staredown.
Ferguson is the most dominant lightweight fight fans have seen at 155 pounds in quite some time, having racked up a ridiculous nine-fight win streak over the likes of Josh Thomson, Edson Barboza, Lando Vannata, and ex-champ Rafael dos Anjos.
"I'm going in there for myself".
"With Kevin Lee, I saw an opponent that was young, hungry and wants the world". Lee may get that chance to face off with him. When I grew up, I realized what's important in life.
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Lee has lived in Las Vegas while riding a five-fight winning streak that has taken him here. I don't expect things to change overnight.
"Oh yeah, yeah, I didn't take a picture of it".
If you feel otherwise, I think you're insane, but that's on you, not me.
When asked if he would rather not fight on Saturday, Ferguson said, "I have to be professional about it".
Tom Duquesnoy is a name to remember in the bantamweight division, and I believe that you will see him many times in the future. Ferguson and Lee are scheduled to headline the card with Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson set to defend his title and perhaps set the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses in history as he meets Ray Borg in the center of the Octagon in the co-main event.
When Ferguson did it after giving Lee the thousand-yard-stare, it scared the holy bejaysus out of him.