UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and his coach Andre Pederneiras are claiming that they tried to make a fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s camp nixed a proposed bout against the Brazilian, but that Ferguson caused negotiations to collapse by demanding too much money.
Ferguson is calling that an alternative fact.
Actually, the 32-year-old lightweight didn’t use some cute, trendy, phrase of the moment to describe Aldo’s claim. Instead he utilised some good old fashioned profanity.
“That dude is full of shit,” the intense and to the point Ferguson said of Aldo on a recent episode of Submission Radio. “I have never backed away from a fight.”
“I don’t know what Aldo’s problem is. He is trying to stay in the limelight. That dude is fading out faster than a firework on the 4th of July. He is trying to make his way back in and he is obviously trying to have my name in his mouth, where as that’s not fair to say because honestly I’m not talking shit to him. If him and his coach want to sign on the dotted line, I don’t have a problem with it, but to say that I refused a fight is complete shit.
“Like I said, I have never backed away from any fight that has ever been presented me and so on and so forth. I always sign on the dotted line and I always show up no matter what. The one instance that I haven’t, man I fucking bite my lip and get so pissed off at myself that I couldn’t show up that one time, and that’s for Khabib and that’s the fight that we’re talking about. Fuck Aldo.
“Did I get offered it? I don’t remember getting offered the Aldo fight at all.”
If Aldo’s story is in fact false, he chose the right ingredients to make it a believable tale. Ferguson did after all stall negotiations for a fight between he and Nurmagomedov with demands for more money. However, ‘El Cucuy’ and the UFC eventually sorted out their differences, meaning that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov will meet for an interim lightweight title at UFC 209 in Las Vegas next month.
Meanwhile, Aldo continues to sit on the sidelines waiting for something interesting to materialise, while erstwhile foe Conor McGregor hunts a cross-codes super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., his main featherweight rival Max Holloway heads to Hollywood and the big names at lightweight pair off with one another, excluding him from the party.