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Ferguson wants to be three-division UFC champion

Tony Ferguson celebrates after defeating Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter finale Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Coming off the biggest win of his MMA career, “El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson has high aspirations going forward.

“I’m here to win. There are two other divisions I would love to be able to go into. I made 153 pounds at the weigh-ins. I weighed in with pants on. I can go down to 145. I can kick everyone’s butt there. I can bump back up to 155, knock everybody out and finish them and you’re damn sure I can go to 170 and do the same thing. I want to be a multi-division champ,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie (transcription via MMA Fighting).

Ferguson pickled up his ninth consecutive victory at UFC Fight Night 98, setting a new lightweight record for consecutive wins. He defeated former champion Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision in a five-round barn burner that unsurprisingly won Fight of the Night honors.

His fight preceded two important fights that will help determine his immediate fighting future as top lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson fight to potentially get the next title shot before Ferguson, and lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez looks to make his first defense against the featherweight champion Conor McGregor who is looking to become the first man to hold championships in different weight classes simultaneously.

Despite the nature of the business today with promotion being just as important as wins and losses, Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner Ferguson insists he will not try to talk his way to a title shot.

“I’m not gonna talk my way to get there. I’m gonna earn it every single step of the way, like I said from the Ultimate Fighter house,” Ferguson said.

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