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Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in MMA |

Dana White: Personal Issues Delaying Ferguson’s Return

Dana White: Personal Issues Delaying Ferguson’s Return

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in a thrilling brawl last October (see it again here).

Though it hasn’t been for a lack of offers, as it was revealed that “El Cucuy” passed on the chance to face current Featherweight champion Max Holloway at the upcoming UFC 236 event on April 13 for, you guessed it, the interim title at 155 pounds.

While Tony did say that fight just wasn’t something that fit his goals at the moment, UFC president Dana White recently revealed that “a lot of personal issues” is what’s keeping Ferguson out of the Octagon. White said as much when responding to a fan on social media.

Screenshot courtesy of Bloody Elbow.

The day prior to Dana’s statement, Ferguson published this cryptic tweet:

I’m the type of guy that has been antoganized, provoked, and threatened to take & not take fights or certain opportunities to benefit monetarily otherwise my family would be have been hurt. -Champ Shit Only

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 12, 2019

To further add to the intrigue, Sherdog founder Jeff Sherwood revealed he had an inside tip regarding an incident involving Tony’s family, though he didn’t reveal much.

I’ve received a tip that an alleged incident involving Tony Ferguson is currently unfolding. A source has informed me that an event involving Ferguson’s wife and child is being investigated. #GoGetTheStory

— Sherdog (@TheSherdoggy) March 8, 2019

Meanwhile, “El Cucuy” latest social media post had this to say:

The best thing anyone could do for me is give me a chance to be GREAT, thank you for believing in me. Pursuing something Amazing gives me the strength of 100 men. DOUBT MAKES ME STRONG keep it coming “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork”

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 13, 2019

The best thing anyone could do for me is give me a chance to be GREAT, thank you for believing in me. Pursuing something Amazing gives me the strength of 100 men. DOUBT MAKES ME STRONG keep it coming “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork”

Ferguson is currently riding an impressive 11 fight win streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in nearly seven years, which is good enough to give him the No. 1 ranking in the world, only behind division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.