Top UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson made his debut as a Fox Sports 1 analyst last night and it wasn’t long before his credentials were called into question.
Shortly after he beat the UFC’s sixth-ranked lightweight contender Michael Chiesa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112, Kevin ‘The Motown Phenom’ Lee spoke with Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Tyron Woodley and Ferguson about what had just transpired. Given that Ferguson and Lee are in the same division and that both are outspoken sorts, you just knew that fireworks were about to go off.
After Lee had engaged in some chatter with Bryant, Florian and Woodley, mainly discussing the controversial ending of his bout, Ferguson perked up with a question for the surging 155-pounder.
There was a moment in the fight where Lee found himself in a guillotine but he chose to lift Chiesa in the air and drive him to the mat. Chiesa held onto the guillotine throughout, thus Lee’s head seemed to make contact with the mat when he completed the slam. Bizarrely, in the process of asking his question, Ferguson suggested that Lee had been the victim of a DDT during that incident.
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” said Lee, with an expression of utter confusion written across his face. “I don’t even know what a DDT is. I think that’s a WWE move. I’m pretty sure I’m the one that lifted him in the air, so I don’t see how he’s slamming me when I’m putting him on my shoulder. Can we put a real journalist on?”
“I don’t know if you really watch the fights(Transcription via MMAFighting).”
From there, things really got heated.
Ferguson said that Lee is “an athlete” with “decent hands” but that he needs to “bleed a little” to earn his shot at the cream of the lightweight crop. He advised Lee to continue racking up wins and building his “brand” for the time being.
When Lee, who called out the division’s top-ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in his post-fight octagon interview, said that he would be willing to fight Ferguson in Detroit later this year, ‘El Cucuy’ was dismissive of the idea.
“I will eat you up for lunch,” said Ferguson, but he added that Lee doesn’t meet his “standards” and would have to earn the right to face him.
“You are slow, you get hit a lot, we can do it. It would be easy money,” responded the always confident Lee.
Perhaps Lee hasn’t earned the right to face someone like Tony yet, but this would be a really interesting clash of personalities and fighting styles.
You can watch the argument below…
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