Listening to Tony Ferguson talk about his fight tonight at UFC on FOX 3 it is clear the 28-year old Ultimate Fighter winner can’t wait to get inside the Octagon in hopes of continuing his ascension up the lightweight ranks. “El Cucuy” holds an overall record of 13-2 including three straight wins since his time on TUF, taking out seasoned veterans Aaron Riley and Yves Edwards in his last two tilts.
Standing in his way of a fourth consecutive victory is Michael Johnson who stepped in a few weeks ago as a replacement for Thiago Tavares (who himself was filling in for Dennis Hallman). The shuffling around might bother some fighters, but Ferguson doesn’t seem to mind based on the end-goal remaining the same.
“I’m ecstatic for this fight. The opponents have changed but my attitude hasn’t changed one bit,” said Ferguson in an interview on Rebellion MMA Radio. “I’m not looking past him, I’m just looking through him. I’ve prepared myself mentally and am focused.”
Ferguson continued on to explain he respected Johnson based on his affiliation with the Blackzilian camp but would not be denied his dream of one day fighting for the lightweight championship.
“I can’t wait until it’s my turn for that belt,” added Ferguson, crediting the 155-pound division for its depth while expressing his confidence in eventually earning a title-shot.
Ferguson’s fight with Johnson is set for the Fuel TV portion of tonight’s prelims (5:00 PM EST). Facebook face-offs will be shown an hour earlier while the main card fires up at 8:00 PM EST on FOX.
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