Tony Ferguson Says There's No Animosity Toward Danny Castillo
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.26.2014
He isn't worried about Castillo's comments...
Tony Ferguson spoke with MMAjunkie about his bout with Danny Castillo at UFC 177. Check out the highlights:
On Castillo thinking Ferguson can't beat him: "There's no animosity there. When you're training like that and you've got a bunch of people around you, you want to act like a big dog and say some things, but I understand it. I grew up around guys like that and just handled it. I'm where I'm at today because of guys like that, so I'd love to step into the cage with him. No animosity, but I'm going to bring guns blazing, and he better have his hands up."
On his mindset: "Regardless of whether or not people are booing or yelling ‘who'ra or they want to be on my side or not, I'm still going to operate at the same level – professional, and I'm going to come out there with a finish. I don't go in there to fight fights – I go in there to finish. I have an 87 percent finishing rate. That's much more than anybody else's free-throw rate."
On bounding back from his loss to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3: "Nothing changed. Mentally, I went back to the drawing board. I brought my cornermen together, and I made sure we all knew exactly what the game plan was going to be. I'm not going to explain it to you, but we're a bunch of geniuses in this MMA art. I have plenty of time to think about Castillo and plenty of time to do everything I need to do, and I'm going to give everybody a co-main event finish."
On being in the co-main event: "I belonged on this spot. Before ‘The Ultimate Fighter,' I was only fighting in co-main event and main event, so when I got on the prelims after ‘TUF,' I had to go back down and be a freshman and be like, ‘damn, dude, what the f–k?' I just got here, and I have to work hard."