Tony Ferguson will be competing against Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC's next big pay-per-view, UFC 223, which will be held on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The American is preparing for the big fight in a rather unique, but unusual way.
Despite Ferguson being the interim UFC Lightweight Champion, his fight vs Khabib in just over three weeks time is expected to be for the UFC Lightweight title, which is currently held by Conor McGregor. The Irishman is expected to be stripped of the title between now and then.
With so much on the line in this main event fight, the American has found a unique, but a rather strange way to prepare for the biggest fight of his life against the Russian, and he posted evidence of this training method on Facebook this week.
As you can see in the video below, the interim lightweight champion has taken preparation towards a title fight to another level, as he has been preparing for his clash against Khabib by kicking steel pipes.
The description of the video says: “This is about a 10,000 PSI pipe. It’s steel braided. This is my conditioning for my shins. Or elbows. It’s hard body, if you all want a demonstration.”
Ferguson throws two hard kicks at the pipe before checking his shins and saying: “No blood.” El Cucuy then shows that all the dents in the pipe are in the middle, not the top or bottom, before saying: “F**k his stomach. Right in the arms. I’m gonna break his arms.”
A unique training method to say the least!
With Ferguson vs Khabib being for the UFC Lightweight Championship, which will soon be stripped from McGregor, it is expected that the winner of the UFC 223 main event will go on to put the title on the line against Notorious later this year.
Whether or not the Irishman will be at the Barclays Center in April to witness the fight remains to be seen, but it is worth pointing out that Conor's teammate in Artem Lobov has a fight on the UFC 223 card earlier in the night, so he could be in the area and therefore at the right place for a confrontation with the winner of the Lightweight title fight.