Tony Ferguson has turned down the UFC champion’s offer so far


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Longtime UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson turned down 155-pound King Charles Oliveira’s training invitation. At least for now.

“El Cucuy” suffered his fourth loss in a row on May 7, when he became the KO of Michael Chandler at UFC 274 in Phoenix, Arizona. A few days later, Oliveira, who also has a win against Ferguson, invited the American to work with him in his gym.

“We are among big dogs, ups and downs are part of our travels,” Oliveira wrote on May 9. “I really admire you @tonyfergusonxt. You have the story of the Octagon. Encouragement ‘El Cucuy’! If you want, let’s train together at the ChuteBoxes headquarters in São Paulo for your next match. You’re a brother!”

We are among big dogs, ups and downs are part of our travels. I admire you very much @tonyfergusonxt. You have the story in Octagon. Encouragement “El Cucuy”!

If you want, let’s train together at ChuteBoxes headquarters in São Paulo for your next match. You’re a brother! #UFC

– Charles ‘DoBronxs’ Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) May 9, 2022

Ferguson and the former UFC 155-pound champion fought at UFC 256 in December 2020, and “Do Bronx” dominated the affair for three rounds with his ground game.

In a speech to MMA Junkie, Ferguson said he was not mad at Oliveira, but imagined working with the Brazilian again in the Octagon. Because of this, El Cucuy said “this is not the time” for the two to become training partners.

“I really have to think about what he said because Chute Boxe is a very good school,” Ferguson said of the business. “But he’s in my weight class. I’m one of the few fighters he has not finished yet, and I went into this fight and practiced Zero Jiu-Jitsu. I did not do badly. I did not feel so bad as Dustin Poirier just sat there and lay there.I stayed active and looked for posts everywhere.It’s not like I’ve practiced really hard.

“I really have to think about it, because I see myself competing against him again. No hostility, but I went back and talked to him before the weigh-in. I told him he signed a notice and I went to him and put my hand on his shoulder and said, ‘Hey kid. You stay focused, okay?’ He turned around and looked at me and he already knows it.As I told him in that octagon (when we were fighting).

“I put my arm around his shoulder and said, ‘Go with me.’ I’m a good scout when it comes to certain things. yes to that.But now I know it’s not time for me to go to Chute Boxes and work out with them.There are a few local gyms where I want to be part of a team and help that team grow straight as good as myself.

Ferguson said his “Will to Win Is F ***** There” believes in his chance to win UFC gold

Despite being 38 and coming off the worst loss of his career, Ferguson is far from finished as a mixed martial artist. And he believes he will make a comeback where he will climb to the top of the easy mountain.

“If I take a loss that I know I’m going to lose, I’m not discussing it,” Ferguson said. “I really do not dispute that. But I want to take the good things I took away and the good parts I learned. Firstly, I am more flexible than I think. Secondly, my mentality is strong and my will “To win is there. I just have to put the structure behind it and I have to use the coaching and the technique. I have all the tools to win and get the belt.”

Ferguson has not won since 2019

The last time Ferguson won was when he stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 238 in June 2019. The victory was his 12th in a row and he was considered possibly the scariest fighter in the 155-pound division.

However, El Cucuy was defeated by Justin Gaethje in his next match by TKO in the fifth round, which started his hurling. Oliveira was next to defeat Ferguson followed by Beneil Dariush and Chandler.

Ferguson has a professional MMA record of 25-7 and boasts victories over former UFC lightweight champions Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis.


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