Al Iaquinta went off on Tony Ferguson, who he says should “shut up” because he blew his chance and can’t even walk.
Al Iaquinta stepped in for an injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223, and the two lightweights have had exchanges on social media following the event. ‘El Cucuy’ criticized Iaquinta’s performance, and the New Yorker was quick to point out that dropping out the week of the fight should disqualify him from talking smack.
“Who is that guy to say anything? He had his title shot and he freaking blew it. He tripped on a wire,” Iaquinta said on Submission Radio. “That’s like nature’s weeding you out. You’re being weeded out. You’re like a kid. Kids trip over things. Adults, like, you’re a professional athlete and you can’t not trip over a wire? And then you’re (talking trash) – like, disappear for a while.
“You’re a f—king idiot. If that happened to me, if I had to pull out of a title fight because I tripped over a wire, you’re not hearing me talk shit on twitter at all. I’m gonna hide somewhere, I’m not gonna act tough. He’s acting tough,” he continued. “Right now, a middle school kid could kick the shit out of him right now because he can’t do anything. You can’t talk shit when you’re in the state that you’re in.
“That guy is so weird. He’s so weird, he just doesn’t — who cares about that guy? He’s really just good at fighting and that’s it. If it wasn’t for fighting he’d be like a worthless person,” he said.
“There’s no point to Tony Ferguson besides, honestly, really like, people beating his ass. He gets dropped every fight and he’s out of his mind. People like watching get his ass kicked and come back and win. That’s the only thing that Tony Ferguson is good at in the world. No one likes his personality, he’s a weird dude. I don’t even know, what’s the point in that guy? There’s no point. Just go away. You tripped on a wire and I got the title shot, now you’re gonna come at me? I’ve fought with worse injuries than that, guaranteed, in my career. You get to fight week, you’re fighting. You don’t pull out of a fight during fight week. Don’t come after me cause I took advantage of a situation that he couldn’t capitalise on.
“How many fights in a row has he won? 10 fights? And he still hasn’t fought for a title? Like, there’s a reason for that. No one likes you. Go away.”
Iaquinta also pointed out how “annoying” Ferguson is as he talks smack on social media, when he’s sidelined and (almost literally) doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
“I really have no idea what the f—k the guy’s talking about at all. He says he was rooting for me and then he goes and says that. I don’t know. The guy’s weird. He’s making fun of my grammar and then he capitalizes letters and every letter. The first letter of every word is capitalized and he’s making fun – I put ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re.’ Same shit, it’s f—king twitter, shut up, who cares. That guy is just annoying.
“He really needs to go away until he can fight, and then once you fight, just fight, dude. Everyone likes you fighting. Not a single person likes that guy. Everyone on Twitter, everyone that I talk to is like, just shut up, man. You know, everyone was looking forward to that fight. He disappointed so many people, and I come in, you know, save the day. Don’t freaking say shit about me, bro.
He’s been dropped in every fight. I drop someone, I kill them, I put them out. It’s a different style match-up than me and Khabib, and I didn’t train right for that fight. And especially right now, I could beat the shit out of Tony Ferguson with my pinky finger. The guy can’t even walk. You can’t talk shit right now.”
Iaquinta also spoke about various topics such as his relationship with the UFC, and Khabib Nurmagomedov remaining calm and collected during McGregor’s bus attack. Watch the clip above.