One of the most fascinating lightweight fights in recent memory will go down at UFC 209 when red-hot 155-pound contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov square off for the UFC interim lightweight title in Saturday’s co-main event. But while fight week may have barely begun, tensions are already riding high between Ferguson and his foe, as “El Cucuy” alluded to at Wednesday’s open workouts.
“You can love somebody without liking them. I love Khabib, man,” Ferguson said. “He’s my brother in arms. We’re all here, we’re all for one. I got peace with him, but inside there, we got beef. You gotta squash this sh*t. I’m tired of it, man. He’s a bully. I’m going to shut him up.
“And I’ve got respect for him, and his father, and his whole camp, but the next time they try to surround me and my team, they got problems. Because they think they can try to pull that stupid sh*t? No. I’m a dangerous man inside and outside the Octagon, baby.”