Tony Ferguson is hard at work for his battle against Charles Oliviera this weekend. This will be Ferguson’s return to the Octagon after his 11-fight win streak was broken by Justin Gaethje earlier this year. While Gaethje went on to (presumably) be Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s final opponent, Tony missed out on the super-fight.
However, the matchup with ‘Do Bronx‘ has everyone excited. Tony can re-establish himself in the title picture with a win. But, a loss may set him back another few steps. Despite that, Tony took this relatively high-risk fight.
Ali Abdelaziz is Khabib’s manager and threw shots towards Tony on Twitter. Ali also manages Justin Gaethje and said that Tony’s people reached out to him to work with Gaethje after their fight. Tony responded aggressively in his usual social media demeanor.
Fighters often work out with former opponents to sharpen their skills. One can’t fault or make fun of Tony for reaching out to Gaethje after their fight. After all, Gaethje has the blueprint on how to beat Tony. He can work on those skills and be a better fighter. Faulting him for that, no matter how it seems, is odd.
Tony Ferguson makes his much-expected return to the octagon this weekend at UFC 256. ‘El…
Tony Ferguson rebounds with a strong performance against Oliviera?
Tony Ferguson is fighting for a lot right now. His unbeatable aura has dissipated quicker than many anticipated, as that Gaethje fight was quite damning for Tony. But that doesn’t discount the fact that Ferguson has been tearing the division up for the last few years.
Evidently, Tony still has a Khabib super-fight on his mind. He name-dropped him in his call-out to Abdelaziz, with the comment about hiding targetted towards the fight with Khabib that never happened. Considering Khabib announced his retirement, the odds of that happening now seem slimmer.
Ferguson could bear the brunt of a bad performance against Do Bronx. Win, lose, or draw, Ferguson has established a very strong legacy in the UFC. Hopefully, this isn’t the end of it but a chapter of redemption.
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