Former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has suffered a serious injury. Now one of the fighter’s former opponents has come forward with their thoughts on the matter.
Tony Ferguson was initially set to face off against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. However, the fighter tore his LCL just six days before the match.
Ferguson has since undergone surgery and is now on the road to recovery. That being said, Kevin Lee believes the fighter may never be the same again.
Speaking on the popular podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Lee offered his thoughts on the matter.
“I feel bad for the guy, I really do. I don’t think he’ll ever be the same coming off that one.”
“That’s huge, especially at 34 (years old), to try and come back off that. And it kind of sucks for me, too, because I think I fought the best Tony Ferguson that you’re gonna see, period, really.”
“He’ll come back and he’ll still beat great guys. He’s still gonna do very good. But I don’t think he’ll be the same,”
“I think the body can come back, it’s just I don’t know if his mind will let him be as free (because) that was one of Tony’s biggest assets,” he added. “He just does whatever the f—k he wants, and now, when he gets back in there, is he gonna be thinking about his knee? Even if that’s at the back of your mind, it’s limited to that type of style that he likes to fight.”