"I'm just so surprised they are still allowing this fight", Ferguson said in disbelief, with the event being held just days after the tragedy in Sin City.
"If you're not doing that, you're in the wrong sport because a shooting star rises fast, but it falls just as fast and I'm a constellation, man; I'm here to stay. I'm going to go out there, do my job and show the folks". Vannata nearly picked up the victory here, and grew massively in popularity, making himself one of the most must-see attractions in the UFC lightweight division overnight. "People who have known about me for a while know that I'm the real deal and know the type of fighter I am and the threat I pose to DJ", said Borg.
"We're here in Las Vegas ... it's hard to stay focused with that [tragedy]", Ferguson told the UFC's Megan Olivi. Tony Ferguson picked up the win with his trademark D'Arce choke, but it did not come easy, and it is easy to say that this contest earned its "Fight of the Night" honors. "Once I've got that gold belt around my waist, my voice will be even bigger and then I can really speak up". The 24-year-old has quickly climbed the ranks of the lightweight division, and will try to solidify himself as the No. 1 contender to face Conor McGregor with an upset in this one. Ferguson said it didn't feel appropriate to exchange insults through the media given the circumstances, and Lee mostly agreed.
"Growing up in Detroit, there was so much gun violence, that was the norm", Lee, 25, said. We might have a lot of disrespect. "I know what I can do in that Octagon, I know what I'm capable of and it's just going out there and proving to myself that I am the best in the world". "My wife had a gut feeling, she was like no we're [not] gonna go", he said.
When Ferguson did it after giving Lee the thousand-yard-stare, it scared the holy bejaysus out of him.
They ultimately decided against it, but were still on the Strip when Ferguson finished his workout and realized what had happened. "Immediately, the fight didn't matter".
To Dunham, Vegas Strong registers as more than a phrase. That's what's handsome about Vegas, walking around and seeing people from all different walks of life. I want to beat him twice. "I don't care if you're from Detroit, Atlanta, Philly, New York, Las Vegas, California - I'm fighting for all those kids".
You can't blame Ray Borg for feeling a little frustrated over the last three weeks.