Tony Ferguson Still Cutting Weight Despite UFC 249 Cancellation
Former UFC lightweight interim champion Tony Ferguson seems hell bent on making the 155 pound limit despite the fact that UFC 249 has been cancelled.
Ferguson made clear in a post on his Twitter handle, he will still be working hard to make the lightweight limit and will be stepping in the scales on Friday, which was the day scheduled for the UFC 249 weigh in.
“Still Workin’” Gonna Make Weight By Friday #ChampionshipWeight 155lbs,” Ferguson wrote (emojis omitted). “It’s A TUF Thing. Champ Shit Only #ufc249. Keep Grindin’ Crew”
UFC 249 was scheduled to take place on the 18th of April but was cancelled due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic. The cancellation though, wasn’t an easy decision to make as the UFC fought hard to stage the event taking measures that included replacing Khabib Nurmagomedov with Justin Gaethje after the lightweight champion got stocked in his country Russia due to travel restrictions, a total shuffling and replacement of fights on the fight card and a serious search for a location.
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However the UFC’s effort to stage the event amid the crisis didn’t sit well with a couple of bodies, who expressed concern tried on their capacity to shut down the UFC’s plan to stage the event.
The California State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the even and other Athletic Commissions expressed their concerned but what eventually ended the UFC’s rally was the California State Governor, who called on Disney, ESPN’s parent company to stop the UFC, after the UFC attempted staging the event in a Californian Heritage site, which is free from the Californian Government stay at home order.
Ferguson had made clear he would still be train despite the cancellation of the event “Oh wow,” Ferguson said, upon finding out the news of UFC 249’s cancellation. “Oh, well. I’m still going to train. … I’m sure it’s for a good reason. Let’s be real. I got to keep the faith.”
Ferguson has been away from the Octagon since his UFC 238 victory over Donald Cerone in June 2019 and before then had been away from the octagon since October 2018.
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