Brandon Gibson has said that he and Tony Ferguson will keep working together after UFC 279 is over.
Before his fight at UFC 279 earlier this month, Ferguson was taught by the famous striking coach who also works with former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones and top prospect Aaron Pico.
After preparing Ferguson (25-8 MMA, 15-6 UFC) for a three-round fight against Li Jingliang, Gibson was informed that Ferguson would instead face Nate Diaz in a five-round match. Round 4 saw him go down when he was unable to continue.
“We were just speaking today, and I look forward to seeing him out in Albuquerque,” Gibson said.
“If I get a moment to step away from Pico this week (Bellator 286), I would be totally down to link up with Tony and get some work in. Tony has a great team around him, and that week, I think we developed an even stronger relationship. So I look forward to taking that next step together. “
“All respect to Diaz—he’s a great fighter. “He was prepared for a five-round fight,” Gibson said.
“Tony was scrappy in there. I think he had some really good moments—there was a lot of back and forth. I think Tony was able to show his toughness and his grit that he always has in fights. It was good to see him in there with another veteran, another OG, and obviously I wish that we would have had a different result. But all respect to Diaz. “
“I would like to see Tony up against some other vets. I like him fighting some of these more tenured fighters. I’m sure Tony can continue to make 155 no problem, and if he stays at 170, I think there’s some room for growth, like in his strength, his size and having a longer camp to really prepare for an opponent than one day. “