Some fans wonder if a loss to Michael Chandler will mean Tony Ferguson has to leave the UFC. It would be Ferguson’s fourth straight loss after all. However, according to Dana White, this is not the case.
Ahead of UFC 274, White was interviewed by TMZ Sports about the stacked battle map. He was asked if ‘El Cucuy’ would fight for his “UFC life” against Chandler. The UFC president replied:
“He’s still the No. 7 ranked guy in the world, you know what I mean? So he’s still top 10. Still top 15. Still one of the most elite fighters in the world. If you look at who he fought, he fought everyone, you know what I mean? So no, I wouldn’t say he’s fighting for his life in the UFC.
Watch Dana White’s interview with TMZ Sports below (Ferguson discussion begins at 1:35):
Tony Ferguson will meet Michael Chandler in a highly anticipated encounter at UFC 274. Both fighters are on multiple losing streaks and will be looking to get back into the win column.
Michael Chandler on Tony Ferguson being a tough puzzle to solve
Tony Ferguson’s unique fighting style is a blend of various martial arts that he has trained for most of his life. These include folk wrestling, jiu-jitsu and Wing Chun. According to Michael Chandler, this makes “El Cucuy” an unpredictable fighter who is difficult to prepare for.
‘Iron’ also understands that this style of fighting is what has kept fans hooked throughout Ferguson’s career.
The former lightweight title challenger admitted that despite having access to the “best gym” in the world, he couldn’t find anyone who could emulate his next opponent’s skills. During his interview on the DC and RC show, Michael Chandler said:
“[Tony] Ferguson, on the other hand, I think, is a harder puzzle to solve. You never know what Ferguson is going to do. The man is a certified madman inside the cage and we love him because of it… I think I trained in the best gym in the world with the best trainers in the world but none of my sparring partners cannot imitate Ferguson. Nobody can imitate Tony Ferguson, he is a unique talent certified in mixed martial arts.”
Watch Chandler talk about Tony Ferguson’s fighting style in the video below:
In their next fight, Chandler can try to use his wrestling to control the fight and look for openings to use his ground and strike.