Tony Ferguson is always game to cut weight. So game in fact, that he cut weight twice before his last fight. He first made the 155 lbs. lightweight limit on the night he was scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC championship. He then cut for the interim title bout against Justin Gaethje which, as we all know, drained the Californian and affected his performance during the match.
While it was clear that Gaethje was the better man on the night, it does bare to think about what excessive cutting and draining the body can do for an athlete at the highest level’s endurance and stamina. Tony Ferguson is clearly thinking that, as he issued a warning to his opponent on this Saturday night’s card whom he faces in the co-main event of UFC 256, Charles Oliveira. Writing on Instagram, “El Cucuy” stated:
“I Am Counting On The Brazilian @charlesdobronxs & Others To Come In Overweight Like Usual. So I’m Calling It Now. Case Law: Short Notice Fight, @charlesdobronxs Will Not Cut Weight All Week & Show Up 3-4 Lbs Over Weight & Use The Excuse Of A Short Notice Fight. If he shows up that much overweight We are not competing.”
That’s about as straightforward as you can get. Fingers crossed both fighters make weight, no COVID-positive tests and we get to see a proper war between “Do Bronx” and the “Boogeyman.” Check out Ferguson’s full post below.