Tony Ferguson is only days away from the biggest fight of his MMA career, but he sees a major flaw in his opponent.
“El Cucuy” will face former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale in a matchup with heavy title implications, and Ferguson’s advantage, as he perceives it, is mental fortitude.
“I see quit,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie.
“I’ve seen him quit in his video,” Ferguson said. “I’ve seen when he fought a couple of people, and I saw him go in the corner frustrated – and I do that to every fighter I fight. (Edson) Barboza, (Josh) Thomson, those are the two best fights that I’ve ever had because they gave me what I wanted, which was a fight.”
Dos Anjos and Ferguson are both known for their aggressive fighting styles, which is something that hurt them to varying degrees in their last fights.
Ferguson, after being scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, ended up facing UFC newcomer Lando Vannata at UFC Fight Night 91. The first round saw Vannata nearly score the upset after hurting Ferguson and landing big shots on several occasions, but Ferguson came back to win by submission in the second.
Dos Anjos, however, lost the title in his last bout when he took on Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90. Mid-way through the first, Alvarez landed a big shot that connected on the chin and sent dos Anjos reeling. Alvarez kept up the attack and got the victory by TKO before the four-minute mark.
Ferguson wants the exact same kind of wild fight viewers have become accustomed to seeing him in, and he thinks he will outlast dos Anjos.
“He’s going to try and hit me with some knees and some other stuff,” Ferguson said. “I do hard body conditioning, baby. You hit me with everything that you’ve got, and you give me the fight that I want. You better bring that (expletive) ‘RDA.’
“I see it going down in a finish, whether knockout or submission. I’m going to aim for bloody.”