Tony Ferguson stated his require medical insurance at UFC 274’s pre-fight interview was not his very first such demand to his promoter.
The ex-interim light-weight champ stated he brought up the problem due to the fact that it fell by the wayside in a previous UFC conference. It likewise resulted in an unanticipated need when a short-notice battle with Islam Makhachev at UFC 272 rather ended up being a battle with Chandler at UFC274
” During that battle week [at UFC 274], I had a lot to state, due to the fact that throughout the last year-and-a-half when I was off, I was down to take that Mackhachev battle, and the manner in which they had actually provided that was that I didn’t desire the battle, or nevertheless they wished to provide it,” Ferguson stated Monday on The MMA Hour “But it got raised in the conference too, that we’ll check out [health] insurance, since I brought it up.
” I stated, clearly, I desire insurance. The numbers and whatever made good sense to me, and they stated, ‘OK, we’ll get your premiums together, and we’ll see just how much it cost,’ and so on etc for the next couple years. I had actually formerly stated that to them, and they had actually concurred that, ‘We’ll look at it.’ I stated, ‘OK, that’s cool.’
” Well, I go a couple months later on, I was all set to eliminate Michael Chandler in, I believe it was January or February or something like that, and he wasn’t prepared; his leg still most likely wasn’t great. When I got the agreement for Chandler, there came a side note which stated that they were going to extend my agreement, and I was like, ‘For what?’ And they do a great deal of these things, therefore I questioned it. A closed mouth do not get fed.”
The UFC didn’t instantly react to ask for talk about Ferguson’s declaration.
During an intense media day look in assistance of UFC 274, Ferguson made his annoyance really apparent when he unloaded on White and the UFC, comparing the executive to a drug dealership for not permitting fighters to pursue larger paydays in boxing. Ferguson stated he ought to have taken legal action against the promo for removing him of the interim light-weight belt when he was hurt in a freak mishap while on set with UFC broadcast partner FOX. He guaranteed to “kick this Dana White young boy’s ass” with a win over Chandler at UFC274
Part of the sensations Ferguson revealed at the media day originated from the method one UFC executive treated him when faced about the agreement extension.
” When I questioned it, I questioned [UFC COO] Hunter [Campbell], and what he stated was, ‘Oh s , I do not keep in mind finalizing that,'” Ferguson stated. “And I resembled, ‘Excuse me?’ I resembled, ‘Yo, yo, yo, I’ve been all set to combat,’ and they wished to extend my agreement if we defended it, and they wound up taking it away, due to the fact that they sign files that they do not check out, which actually pissed me off.
” I resembled, ‘You’re s me. You people do not even keep in mind signing a file to have me removed, when all I’ve been is for the business and you had Conor [McGregor] being non-active and he was going to retire and you men removed me for this?’ I was truly mad. I do not wish to state excessive; I attempt to keep whatever truly excellent. When [UFC President] Dana [White] stated, ‘Any male that uses sunglasses inside should have to have that take place to him,’ and now you have [UFC whiskey sponsor] Howler Head sunglasses– I’m looking at that logo design and I’m like, ‘What the f ? Dana didn’t use sunglasses, and this is his business?’
” So it was simply a great deal of bad things that I’ve constantly felt is underlying, and I let it go. I let it out. I was pissed, and I ought to be. I’ve constantly done things for the business. I’ve constantly appeared. I’m not stating the only one, however simply a few of the important things I’ve stated, individuals have not taken me severe, due to the fact that I’m simply a messenger. At the start of the day, it’s not the very first thing on my mind, however when I need to take care of my household and I need to take care of my wellness– they’re not, one, paying insurance, that’s an entire other story, and 2, they’re not paying my costs.
” I appear to combat, and we’re [independent] specialists out there, which is insane. I’m not attempting to discuss unions and things; I do not comprehend them excessive. I understand what I combat for, and I battle for myself. I wasn’t talking for everyone therein. I was talking for my household and myself. I have 2 kids, my other half wishes to have another one.
” During that very first week, it was extreme. I spoke with my partner, and she resembled, ‘What occurred, you utilized to smile a lot,’ and I began believing, ‘You understand what? You’re right.’ Throughout the week, when I stated that, I stated my piece, and the Dana White opportunity thing, it wasn’t amusing, due to the fact that I’ve been through it. I’ve gone through everything. It’s not [Michael Chandler’s] fault. The business in some cases is unusual, and there’s a lot of underlying things that individuals do not see. They consider approved for what the UFC provides.”
Ferguson stated while the occurrence “sort of pissed me off,” he worried that both behind the scenes and in public, he has actually attempted to temper his needs with the UFC’s service interests. He stated he has no ill will towards UFC executives.
” They’re alright, they’ve got to watch out for the bottom line,” Ferguson stated. “But I need to keep an eye out for mine, and I had not done that for a long period of time.”