There is currently an ongoing trend in the world of mixed martial arts, i.e. the money fights. While it has been around for decades in boxing, MMA was properly introduced to it by the UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor has been the money fight in the UFC for quite some while now, but before “Mystic Mac” there were other fighters such as Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre recently fought against Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight strap. GSP is still considered a more than decent draw and a money fight. Fighters such as Tyron Woodley and many others have been eyeing a fight with the Canadian to fill their pockets. Another fighter has now joined the list, Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson too seems eager to fight ‘Rush’.
Tony Ferguson became the interim champion in his last fight by defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216. He is currently on a phenomenal ten fight win streak. He also has multiple notable victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, Kevin Lee, Yves Edwards, Gleison Tibau, etc.
“El Cucuy” started his career at welterweight. However, he moved to lightweight in his fight against Aaron Riley at UFC 135. He has fought at 155 pounds ever since. The slick submission expert is now scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
The 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu expert, is highly interested in having a big money fight against GSP. Here’s what told MMA Fighting:
I mean, GSP, literally if he wants a money fight, he’s an athlete, we all have to pay our bills. We all have to pay our taxes. Straight up.
That’s what I signed up for in the beginning, I was 170 pounds; 155 was forced on me. I mean, that forced the move, ultimate reality, then that’s not the end result; 170 pounds, where I had 12 fights.
When you’re just going for money fights, when this thing (the UFC title) starts losing luster … it becomes tarnished.