MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #132: Tony Ferguson vs Fabricio Werdum?! UFC 216 Preview

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On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the unexpected argument that arose between UFC Interim Lightweight Title challenger Tony Ferguson and former Heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum while the two participated in a media lunch Q&A in Los Angeles. Karyn gives a first-hand account of how the argument started (she may have caused it!) and how it played out in front of a surprised group of media members. They also discuss the upcoming UFC 216 fights between Ferguson and Kevin Lee, Werdum and Derrick Lewis and Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg.

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97 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #132: Tony Ferguson vs Fabricio Werdum?! UFC 216 Preview"

  1. That media lunch was such a hoot. LOL! KB wasnt an instigator. Ali (that famous manager) did an interview with mmafighting.com and basically the core of the beef was that UFC 216 is Tony vs Kevin Lee, and they didnt wait for Khabib Nurmaggedov. I think Tony vs Kevin was made for a couple of reasons: 1. to keep the division moving, 2. to get Tony back in the cage, its been a year since he last fought, 3. they couldnt sign (as it been rumored) Stipe Miocic to defend the UFC World Heavyweight Championship vs Cain Velasquez but Cain said he didnt want to fight as his wife is pregnant and due next month. UFC 216 went through ups and downs to get a Womens Flyweight Division fight. Paige Vanzant vs Jessica Eye was plan A but Paige injured her back on September 25th. Jessica said she didnt want to take a short notice opponent. Plan B Andrea Lee vs Kalindria Faria was announced September 28th. Hours later, it came out that USADA wants Andrea in the testing pool for 6 months cause of a failed test for diuoritec, 2 years ago AKA USADA is covering their asses after UFC wanted Angie Hill back and she didnt go through the testing process. Now, it will be Mara Romero Borella vs Kalindria Faria in the Womens Flyweight Division.

  2. That media lunch was such a hoot. LOL! KB wasnt an instigator. Ali (that famous manager) did an interview with mmafighting.com and basically the core of the beef was that UFC 216 is Tony vs Kevin Lee, and they didnt wait for Khabib Nurmaggedov. I think Tony vs Kevin was made for a couple of reasons: 1. to keep the division moving, 2. to get Tony back in the cage, its been a year since he last fought, 3. they couldnt sign (as it been rumored) Stipe Miocic to defend the UFC World Heavyweight Championship vs Cain Velasquez but Cain said he didnt want to fight as his wife is pregnant and due next month. UFC 216 went through ups and downs to get a Womens Flyweight Division fight. Paige Vanzant vs Jessica Eye was plan A but Paige injured her back on September 25th. Jessica said she didnt want to take a short notice opponent. Plan B Andrea Lee vs Kalindria Faria was announced September 28th. Hours later, it came out that USADA wants Andrea in the testing pool for 6 months cause of a failed test for diuoritec, 2 years ago AKA USADA is covering their asses after UFC wanted Angie Hill back and she didnt go through the testing process. Now, it will be Mara Romero Borella vs Kalindria Faria in the Womens Flyweight Division.

  3. In my opinion Derek Lewis beats Fabricio Werdum via tko accumulation of strikes on the feet round 3 or a decision. Just think Lewis will dictate the pace by getting Werdum to respect the power where Lewis is getting off first and leading the dance which in my opinion he will stop Werdum's takedowns if he's going forward and not backing up. Strike to break the clinch if he gets tied up coming forward and keep Werdum's back on the cage. Also think DJ retains via armbar round 2 and Ferguson beats Lee via 5 round decision 48-47 think Tony might lose a couple rounds but ultimately wins by out working Lee.

  4. In my opinion Derek Lewis beats Fabricio Werdum via tko accumulation of strikes on the feet round 3 or a decision. Just think Lewis will dictate the pace by getting Werdum to respect the power where Lewis is getting off first and leading the dance which in my opinion he will stop Werdum's takedowns if he's going forward and not backing up. Strike to break the clinch if he gets tied up coming forward and keep Werdum's back on the cage. Also think DJ retains via armbar round 2 and Ferguson beats Lee via 5 round decision 48-47 think Tony might lose a couple rounds but ultimately wins by out working Lee.

  5. Looking at how things often go against the odds in MMA, between Lee, Borg & Lewis, I'm guessing one of them's gonna win this weekend. Remember when most fans thought Gadelha would beat Andrade, Ronda would beat Holm, Rockhold would beat up Bisping in their rematch etc etc (the list is endless). This is what it feels like. Most ppl feel Ferguson, DJ & Werdum are gonna win but I feel like one of them's gonna lose. It's never that simple in MMA. We'll see……

  6. Looking at how things often go against the odds in MMA, between Lee, Borg & Lewis, I'm guessing one of them's gonna win this weekend. Remember when most fans thought Gadelha would beat Andrade, Ronda would beat Holm, Rockhold would beat up Bisping in their rematch etc etc (the list is endless). This is what it feels like. Most ppl feel Ferguson, DJ & Werdum are gonna win but I feel like one of them's gonna lose. It's never that simple in MMA. We'll see……

  7. This unedited video only left me even more F*** mad with Fergusson, I hope that he is demoralized by the Kevin Lee in the fight. Tony is thinking he’s a big star cuz he’s going to do a main event. He was rude from the start, snob with great and educated MMA reporter Junkie / FOX Kari Bryant. Fergusson said he would defeat Werdum (who’s not even in the same division), that Kevin Lee is nothing and Conor is not much better, that whoever steps on his way. he will knock down. Ferguson said he doesn’t give a f*** about anyone and a chain of profanity. Then he begsn to provoke Werdum out of nothing. He should have taken a hit in his gangsta-wanna-be face.

  8. This unedited video only left me even more F*** mad with Fergusson, I hope that he is demoralized by the Kevin Lee in the fight. Tony is thinking he’s a big star cuz he’s going to do a main event. He was rude from the start, snob with great and educated MMA reporter Junkie / FOX Kari Bryant. Fergusson said he would defeat Werdum (who’s not even in the same division), that Kevin Lee is nothing and Conor is not much better, that whoever steps on his way. he will knock down. Ferguson said he doesn’t give a f*** about anyone and a chain of profanity. Then he begsn to provoke Werdum out of nothing. He should have taken a hit in his gangsta-wanna-be face.

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