UFC 279 offered the MMA world with one of the vital unforgettable struggle weeks in current reminiscence. From press convention shenanigans and weight misses to struggle modifications, there was just a little little bit of every little thing. On struggle evening, followers had been left with a matchup that’s been a very long time coming, seeing Ferguson sq. off with Nate Diaz.
Sadly for Ferguson, he was unable to snap a four-fight skid, succumbing to Diaz through fourth-round guillotine submission. Regardless of shifting as much as struggle at welterweight for the primary time since his promotional debut, it would not be sufficient for Ferguson to show again the clock. Main as much as the end, many in the neighborhood had Ferguson down on the playing cards and sitting cageside offering commentary, Cormier simply didn’t see the “El Cucuy” he’d grown accustomed to.
“I couldn’t imagine what I used to be seeing,” Cormier stated on DC & RC. “I’m not saying it was the worst struggle of all time, not by any stretch of the creativeness. It tells me that Nate Diaz nonetheless has just a little bit left within the tank if he needs to struggle, nevertheless it additionally tells me Tony Ferguson is completed as a man that I’ve seen within the octagon. Tony Ferguson is completed, bro. He’s a shell of himself and he doesn’t wish to retire. He truly stated he appears like he bought higher, he noticed some good issues. I’m like what did he do in there to indicate that he’s higher than he was prior?”
Cormier was vital of Ferguson’s willingness to proceed preventing following his earlier knockout loss to Michael Chandler this previous Might. Subsequently, prompting Ferguson to fireside again at Cormier as the 2 exchanged some verbal jabs over social media.
In the meantime, Diaz is formally set to depart from the UFC and go about his enterprise as he pleases. With Diaz initially set to face Khamzat Chimaev in the primary occasion, the last-minute shakeups from Chimaev’s weight miss led to Ferguson’s opponent, Li Jingliang, taking over Daniel Rodriguez.
Cormier is unsure who the promotion may match Ferguson with at this stage which provides him an inexpensive likelihood to win. Assuming the Li matchup occurred as deliberate, the previous two-division titleholder feels an excellent worse beatdown would have been in retailer for Ferguson.
“That’s what stands out probably the most to me,” Cormier stated. “Like, Nate Diaz can do no matter he needs. For Nate Diaz, not preventing Khamzat was a present from god. That’s actually best-case situation for him. However what the loopy factor about Tony Ferguson to me … is that it wasn’t a gradual decline. It was like he bought to the sting of the cliff and simply fell off the cliff. It was Justin Gaethje then that was it.
“The second he was performed [was] that interim title struggle — he wasn’t nearly as good. Granted, he misplaced to Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira so that you go, ‘Properly, he’s preventing the most effective on this planet.’ However now we bought to see him struggle Nate Diaz who’s not the most effective on this planet proper now. Nate will inform you he’s the most effective on this planet, however he didn’t do nice in opposition to Nate.”
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Presser Day 2.
Presser Day 2 staredown.
Presser Day 2 interviews.
UFC 280 trailer.
A Diaz fairytale.
Wooow the universe hates Li Jingliang… what a shit week for such an excellent dude.
— Chris Curtis The Motion Man (@Actionman513) September 13, 2022
Sniper out and in of the cage.
If Ferguson wasn’t caught between two actually powerful divisions, I could also be inclined to disagree with DC right here. I believed he truly did higher in opposition to Diaz than most did, nevertheless it was nonetheless an extremely telling efficiency of the place he now stands.
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