Tony Ferguson denied the 100K/100K offer of Ali Abdelaziz and will not fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 254.
One of the scheduled fights of UFC 254 between Anjos and Makhachev is canceled due to the injury of Rafael dos Anjos. Therefore, the opponent of Makhachev remains vacant. In this situation, Ali Abdelaziz asks Tony Ferguson to fill the vacancy and fight against Makhachev. He offers 100k for the show and another 100k to win. But Ferguson has no interest to entertain this offer at all.
For the interim lightweight title at UFC 249, Tony Ferguson lost by 5th round TKO against Justin Gaethje. This shocking loss was the very first loss in his last 12 fight after losing against Kevin Lee at UFC 216. That fight against Kevin Lee was also to claim the interim title. Though, after that Ferguson never fought for any undisputed title.
He was also scheduled to fight over Khabib five times but all of them was canceled due to various reason. He is mad about 200K cost for a bad weight cut while he was scheduled to face Khabib last time.
On another side, Islam Makhachev is on his six back-to-back winning streaks. His overall record is 18-1. The only loss comes out over Adriano Martines, where he loses via knockout at UFC 192. After that, he found his victory over Gleison Tibau, Davi Ramos, and Nik Lentz with more others.
Many fans thought that Tony Ferguson would be fighting against Michael Chandler if he agrees to participate at UFC 254. Though Ali Abdelaziz wants him to fight over Islam Makhachev, who is Abdelaziz’s client, to remain his clint in the official fight card. But Tony Ferguson strait denies to Ali Abdelaziz to fight against his clint at UFC 254.