UFC 216: Interim Champ Tony Ferguson Talks About Win Over Lee And Wanting McGregor Next

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Tony Ferguson was crowned the UFC interim lightweight champion at UFC 216.  After the fight he talked to Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC lightweight Paul Felder.

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739 Comments on "UFC 216: Interim Champ Tony Ferguson Talks About Win Over Lee And Wanting McGregor Next"

  1. I keep coming back to this, and the words Tony uses at 1:56 specifically. I believe that if Tony beats Khabib, it'll be due to him being willing to put out offense from the guard, from the bottom, and from any position. One reason Khabib is so dominant is that his opponents historically just try to escape or survive once he gets them down – I haven't seen anyone put consistent offense in against Khabib from the ground. Rounds 1-3, Tony does damage to Khabib from guard with elbows, and diminishes his takedown power. Rounds 4-5, Tony dots Khabib up on the feet. Ferguson by decision.

  2. I think both these guys would maul mcnuggets if they take him down. Easy fight, Conor better perfect his take down defense otherwise he's in for a long night.Remember when midget Chad Mendes took Conor down at will? Lol yeah kinda a different animal facing Kevin Lee or El Cucuy

  3. I really dont see ferguson beating mcgregor. I was the guy laughing when people said he beats aldo before hand…once he handled alverez there was no possible way to discredit the man. connor mcgregor is a diffrent type of athlete, so tony ferguson better really understand what he's getting himself into

  4. I really dont see ferguson beating mcgregor. I was the guy laughing when people said he beats aldo before hand…once he handled alverez there was no possible way to discredit the man. connor mcgregor is a diffrent type of athlete, so tony ferguson better really understand what he's getting himself into

  5. tony is the real champ he very much deserves that more than anybody in the LW division an deserves to fight conor b4 anyone els he earned that right. dude is a work horse works harder than anyone in ufc i say that with confidence. tony is game af. tony knows he put the work in an always working harder than his opponents

  6. tony is the real champ he very much deserves that more than anybody in the LW division an deserves to fight conor b4 anyone els he earned that right. dude is a work horse works harder than anyone in ufc i say that with confidence. tony is game af. tony knows he put the work in an always working harder than his opponents

  7. Like most ufc fighters have said, most ufc fighter have terrible stand up which is why conor outboxes most of these guys. Since he trained purely boxing to fight mayweather he’s gonna come back even more dangerous and that’s gonna be a sight to see. As for ferg he better step his stand up game because if he fights like he fought lee he’s gonna get kod stiff or finished after getting rocked. I got McGregor by round 2 tko

  8. I can almost guarantee, that conor will be fighting tony next…as for the fight itself…if you have watched any of tony's fights…you'll notice one glaring thing…his boxing and boxing defense are extremely bad…he also gets rocked and wobbled in many of his fights…he keeps his chin high and hands low…if you were to make a fighter the perfect guy for conor to tee off on, tony is it…conor is going to lay into him and finish him in under 3 minutes…I like tony, but lando came within an eyelash of stopping him…Lee came a very very close of stopping tony…if this fights goes 1 round with conor, i'll be very surprised.

  9. I can almost guarantee, that conor will be fighting tony next…as for the fight itself…if you have watched any of tony's fights…you'll notice one glaring thing…his boxing and boxing defense are extremely bad…he also gets rocked and wobbled in many of his fights…he keeps his chin high and hands low…if you were to make a fighter the perfect guy for conor to tee off on, tony is it…conor is going to lay into him and finish him in under 3 minutes…I like tony, but lando came within an eyelash of stopping him…Lee came a very very close of stopping tony…if this fights goes 1 round with conor, i'll be very surprised.

  10. Out of all the possible opponents for McGregor Max Holloway looks the most dangerous right now. Diaz is always a badass but he hasn’t fought in over a year. Ferguson is awesome but I don’t think he looked as well in this fight as Holloway did against Aldo. Conor should just give up the 155 to Tony, let Tony and Khabib finally fight, and go fight Max for the 145 again. Then the two champs out of each division can do a super fight.

  11. Out of all the possible opponents for McGregor Max Holloway looks the most dangerous right now. Diaz is always a badass but he hasn’t fought in over a year. Ferguson is awesome but I don’t think he looked as well in this fight as Holloway did against Aldo. Conor should just give up the 155 to Tony, let Tony and Khabib finally fight, and go fight Max for the 145 again. Then the two champs out of each division can do a super fight.

  12. He really shouldn't be holding the belt like he's the champ until he beats Conor. Tony is not the champ. Conor beat the champ for the belt, Tony didn't beat the champ. Now if Conor vacates or something. Different story.

  13. He really shouldn't be holding the belt like he's the champ until he beats Conor. Tony is not the champ. Conor beat the champ for the belt, Tony didn't beat the champ. Now if Conor vacates or something. Different story.

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  16. only one thing to figure out about Conor vs Ferguson. if Conor doesn't try to get big , sticks to his fight weight 155, and stops with the being big tactic, his endurance holds up and he wins. if Conor does what he has done last 3 4 fights , which is be big , do big weight cut and rehydrate back to being as big as possible , then Conor loses.

  17. only one thing to figure out about Conor vs Ferguson. if Conor doesn't try to get big , sticks to his fight weight 155, and stops with the being big tactic, his endurance holds up and he wins. if Conor does what he has done last 3 4 fights , which is be big , do big weight cut and rehydrate back to being as big as possible , then Conor loses.

  18. Kevin Lee earned my respect. I didn't think he was that caliber of fighter. With experience I believe he will end up being the best in this division(if he can make weight). I thought he was a gimmick like 90% of the fighters the Ufc pushes but he is skilled. Just not as skilled as "El cucuy"…..yet

  19. Kevin Lee earned my respect. I didn't think he was that caliber of fighter. With experience I believe he will end up being the best in this division(if he can make weight). I thought he was a gimmick like 90% of the fighters the Ufc pushes but he is skilled. Just not as skilled as "El cucuy"…..yet

  20. TO EVERYONE SAYING CONNOR BEATS FERGUSON EASY ON THE FEET. I LIKE CONNOR BUT IT'S CRAZY HOW CONNOR FANS FORGET SO FAST THAT A 145 POUNDER IN CHAD MENDES PUT A DAM GOOD BEATING ON MCGREGOR'S FACE. I AM NOT SAYING I DON'T GIVE CONNOR THE ADVANTAGE ON THE FEET BECAUSE I DO. BUT IF MENDES DID THAT TO CONNOR WITH NOT MUCH DIFFICULTY, IDK CUCUY (A BIG STRONG 155ER) MAULS HIM ON THE GROUND. NOT JUST THAT, CUCUY IS VERY CREATIVE AND GOOD EVERYWHERE. NOT AN EASY FIGHT FOR CONNOR BY ANY STRETCH THAT'S DELUSIONAL.

  21. TO EVERYONE SAYING CONNOR BEATS FERGUSON EASY ON THE FEET. I LIKE CONNOR BUT IT'S CRAZY HOW CONNOR FANS FORGET SO FAST THAT A 145 POUNDER IN CHAD MENDES PUT A DAM GOOD BEATING ON MCGREGOR'S FACE. I AM NOT SAYING I DON'T GIVE CONNOR THE ADVANTAGE ON THE FEET BECAUSE I DO. BUT IF MENDES DID THAT TO CONNOR WITH NOT MUCH DIFFICULTY, IDK CUCUY (A BIG STRONG 155ER) MAULS HIM ON THE GROUND. NOT JUST THAT, CUCUY IS VERY CREATIVE AND GOOD EVERYWHERE. NOT AN EASY FIGHT FOR CONNOR BY ANY STRETCH THAT'S DELUSIONAL.

  22. People call Daniel Cormier a paper champ for not beating jones…. right? Whelp. Can't pick and choose. Looks like according to your logic (that I don't agree with), you're looking at your paper champ right here.

  23. People call Daniel Cormier a paper champ for not beating jones…. right? Whelp. Can't pick and choose. Looks like according to your logic (that I don't agree with), you're looking at your paper champ right here.

  24. It was a very good fight. My only problem with the fight were Tony's illegal elbows on top of Kevin's head. If the UFC brass really cares about the well being of it's fighters, than this needs to be addressed with seriously. Because NVSAC is a joke.

  25. It was a very good fight. My only problem with the fight were Tony's illegal elbows on top of Kevin's head. If the UFC brass really cares about the well being of it's fighters, than this needs to be addressed with seriously. Because NVSAC is a joke.

  26. Who else wants to see Ferguson vs Lee 2? I honestly think if Ferguson can stay at the top if conor doesnt come back and Lee fights his way in to contention and learns from his errors it could be compelling fight. I maybe wrong but just wonder who else agrees

  27. Who else wants to see Ferguson vs Lee 2? I honestly think if Ferguson can stay at the top if conor doesnt come back and Lee fights his way in to contention and learns from his errors it could be compelling fight. I maybe wrong but just wonder who else agrees

  28. Honestly, it could only go Conor vs Tony. It's a unification title fight, it's the biggest draw. The Irish and casual fans behind Conor. The Mexicans and hardcore fans behind Tony. Khabib, is the next biggest fight, but you can't rely on the guy's health. I'd put him on for one fight before title to show he's reliable for a big card. Regardless of whether you love or hate Conor, winning or losing (competitively) against him makes you a superstar, and Tony absolutely deserves that. This kind of win streak in a loaded division like this, he more than deserves that Conor fame and money.

  29. Honestly, it could only go Conor vs Tony. It's a unification title fight, it's the biggest draw. The Irish and casual fans behind Conor. The Mexicans and hardcore fans behind Tony. Khabib, is the next biggest fight, but you can't rely on the guy's health. I'd put him on for one fight before title to show he's reliable for a big card. Regardless of whether you love or hate Conor, winning or losing (competitively) against him makes you a superstar, and Tony absolutely deserves that. This kind of win streak in a loaded division like this, he more than deserves that Conor fame and money.

  30. So glad Tony won… I think Conor would've had a much easier time with wrestling-focused Kevin Lee. Ferguson rocked Lee a few times with looping punches so you know Conor would light him up. I think Tony's just tall, long, crafty, versatile, and unorthodox enough to really put Conor in trouble. I love that match up

  31. Kevin did very very well. He surprised me! I'm sure he surprised Tony too with his strength. That kid is a bulldozer!! Man, tony can say what he wants….but had Kevin another 60sec in the first round, I'm not sure tony survived that pounding?? That full mount was solid!! Kevin has shown he has great back control but now he also showed strong top control over elite. I'm not a big fan of Kevin trash talk but he's a good kid at heart. He might have lost the fight but he proved he can more than hang with the best. Keep training with Dewey Cooper….Bright future ahead!

    Congrats Tony! Belt well earned…

    Thanks for a great fight!

  32. What should be worrying for Ferguson is having his hands by his waist taking shots from a very long extending Conor who has shown to devastate opponents. Congrats to him, but working on better defense should be the #1 priority for him in general.

  33. This went exactly how I expected Kevin is a great fighter and showed it so many times in this fight but Tony has so much experience at beating top level guys, imo opinion they were pretty close in stand up just like the Tony and Barboza fight but just like Barboza Kevin kept going for the takedown and end up getting submitted

  34. Conor will def. concede the belt. He will run from Tony, for months, and even longer, as he fanatically immerses himself in ju-jitsu, and wrestling; he has zero chance to beat Tony, otherwise. Second, Tony is a much greater threat than Nate, because Tony's wrestling game will bring Conor to the ground, whereas, Conor stuffed Nate's takedowns, and kept Nate on his feet, eating more shots than he gave.

  35. Wow super impressed with K. Lee's performance.. In my opinion Ferguson is the toughest lightweight and for me it looked like he was getting beat up by Kevin and his submission win was really a Kevin's mistake.. I'm sure he'll get to fighting for the belt pretty soon again.. Congrats for Tonny tho..

  36. Tony is an amazing fighter, so is Kevin, and so is Conor. Conor is the best boxer, Kevin probably has the most potential, and Tony is a veteran of the game who deserves a shot. Nothing but love for people who put as much as into their passion as these athletes.

  37. This fight was so boring….Nate vs Connor is where its at…..i couldnt even take one round of this snoozer of a fight and fast forward it to the 4th and turned it off….theres a reason why folks want to see Nate vs Connor…

  38. McGregor better watch out. He should fight Nate and then retire. Maybe Paulie in a boxing match (fighting him in MMA would be a massacre) afterwards to make a quick buck. I don't think there's any benefit to Conor fighting anybody else. Risk/Reward isn't there.

  39. Tony won but I'm not impressed what so ever. Kevin was a minute away from winning that fight he just got sloppy. If this Tony shows up to fight Conor it's going to be a easy fight for the Notorious One. What a shame we didn't see the Khabib fight go down cause he would of destroyed this fool easily.

  40. UFC 216 was awesome and congratulations to Tony Ferguson for winning the Light heavyweight UFC Interim belt.That was an awesome win for him and fight with him and Kevin Lee and congratulations to both Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee for an awesome fight and performance from both,just saying.

  41. These guys have kids and suddenly it's like they have a new shiny little toy. For the first time it seems they discover what it means to have and experience real love and expand beyond themselves.

    I like the champion Ferguson. He's nicer, more mature and gracious.

    • Jorge lopez the guys conor has knocked down or tko runs right into the left hand besides they shouldnt trade with him nate is the only guy in that division that can stand in trade. Tony would just take conor down he wont stand and trade

  42. Connor is in a real tough situation right now, now that Ferguson has won that insured titles him and max Holloway will be one of connors toughest fights (even tho he beat holloway) but hes has gotten way way better even tony too lol

    • height isn't the only factor when someone is referring to a fighter as "big", casual. Tony is a much larger human than holloway i dont have to tell you that in order for you to see that, you can see that with your own eyes. Secondly, holloway has a much shorter reach than Tony which means tony has wider chest, longer deltoids, longer biceps, longer forarm, etc, hence… bigger. Ur scaring me how 1 dimensional casual mma fans think. Dayum. This is my last reply, not gonna say anymore. But I truely think Holloway will be submitted if they fight and I dont advocate pushing that fight unless there's honestly nothing better. I don't see it being competitive at all. It'll be Tony vs Kevin all over again. And I truely believe that as well

  43. Don't understand why people keep saying Ferguson can't take Conor's power. Conor TKO's people except Aldo. Conor's strengths are his trash talk, precision, and timing. He isn't putting people to sleep like Woodley, Rumble, & p4p great Artem Lobov. Tony can take punishment with a great ground game and cardio. It's really in Tony's favor.

    • The Bruce Lee quote that Tony mentioned in this interview is exactly why Conor can beat him. Conor has a limited skillset compared to other fighters but man is he the best at what he does. Fergusons abilities aren't going to be too much for Conor but Conors cardio can definitely work in Tony's favor.

      This fight needs to happen

    • I don't think conor's skillset is all that limited…take for example when conor fought max holloway,, the current 145lb champion…early in the 2nd round, conor tore his acl…so at that point he used his wrestling to totally dominate holloway and win a very very easy decision…conor actually has very good wrestling…but he is a standup fighter…great kicker, with a massive left hand…and he will ko tony in under 3 minutes.

    • tony has way worse boxing than nate does..he also has a worse chin…he has really good recovery ability, but gets hurt, wobbled or knocked down in almost every single one of his fights…conor will ko him inside 1 round.

    • Jaime Ortega he failed at defending the take down. Kevin Lee, even when he was gassed, easily took Ferguson to the mat. Ferguson's experience combined with Lee's staph infection was what put Ferguson over the top. Ferguson gets hit way too easy, and doesn't have the strength to take Conor down. Easy fight for Conor. I concur with Mike Perry.

    • Jaime Ortega Dude If you want people to take you seriously, you have to stop with the childish name calling. It doesn't serve you well. Of course he will train differently, but the fact is Tony gets hit way to easy, we saw it with this fight with Kevin, we saw it with his fights against Lando and Josh Thompson. It will not be pretty for Ferguson. His only hope is to take McGregor to the ground and choke him, but I don't believe he has the strength to do that.

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