Former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson is hungrier than he’s ever been, just lately upgrading his mentality from “Varsity” to “Olympic” as he trains with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach at Wild Card Fitness center in Los Angeles.
“As an alternative of a varsity mentality I went again to an Olympic mentality and I began surrounding myself round individuals which can be hungry, how I’m and the way they’ve been for a very long time,” Ferguson advised Submission Radio. “And I began to seek out myself over at Wild Card rather a lot simpler, as a result of that’s the place I knew that I might discover that form of grind.”
Ferguson, who turned 37 earlier this 12 months, just lately misplaced back-to-back fights for the primary time in his storied blended martial arts (MMA) profession. After Justin Gaethje stole his prime spot on the UFC 249 headliner, fellow contender Charles Oliveira all however eliminated him from title competition at UFC 256.
Which prompted “El Cucuy” to do some eradicating of his personal.
“After the (Oliveira) battle I instantly went again to the drafting board,” Ferguson continued. “I went again to the lodge and began hitting mitts or Thai pads and making an attempt to determine it out. I ended up firing one in every of my cornermen as a result of he big-leagued one in every of my different guys. It was loopy, trigger he ended up taking a spot when he wasn’t speculated to. And going into the second spherical I’m like, what the fuck are you doing in right here? That wasn’t the plan. And it sucked, trigger it was one in every of my guys I counted probably the most. However you recognize, guidelines are guidelines. So, I imply, perhaps we’ll have the ability to work once more and issues, however that’s all.“
The 25-5 Ferguson will transfer on to battle veteran light-weight contender Beneil Dariush on the upcoming UFC 262 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion, scheduled for Sat., Might 15, 2021 contained in the sold-out Toyota Heart in Houston, Texas.
“He’s been doing the sport for a very long time,” Ferguson mentioned about Dariush. “He’s over at Huntington seaside with Rafael Cordeiro. He’s a southpaw, he’s very sturdy on his left facet. He’s very recreation in mixing it up. So, that’s why I’ve been mixing my shit up. As a result of I obtained too one dimensional. Whenever you get too one dimensional, you begin to plateau. I’m hungry as fuck and I’m again. I’m actually again on it, man. And I’m mixing it up actually, rather well, higher than a fuckin’ blender.”
We’ll see if that will get him into the combination subsequent month in “The Lone Star State.”