Despite defeating Tony Ferguson, Bobby Green believes “El Cucuy” still has the “warrior spirit” to take down his next opponent, Paddy Pimblett, at UFC 296 next month. However, Green reiterated Daniel Cormier’s earlier comment about Ferguson training with retired United States Navy SEAL David Goggins, saying cardio is not what the fighter needs.
Ferguson is set to face Pimblett on December 16. The bout should give the 39-year-old American the chance to end his six-fight losing streak. However, the bout will certainly be challenging for Ferguson, with Pimblett boasting a four-fight winning streak. With this, Ferguson sought the help of Goggins.
In his posts, the runner shared some posts showing his training with Ferguson, who, at one point, could be seen vomiting after using the treadmill. Cormier is critical of the training, expressing concern that it could even make things worse for the fighter if he’s overworked. Green has echoed the same view in a recent interview.
“I just feel like Tony needs a sick-ass guy like me who could kind of tone in his weirdness and put some basics back together,” Green told The Schmo on YouTube. “Some of the basic things and he’ll be nice. But, I don’t know why he’s doing all this cardio stuff.
“I think he’d be dope if he just picked up some of the basics, just jab a little better, his head movement a little better. Small little things like that and he’ll be great. He’s punching and his chin is still up, he’s getting hit, nobody’s helping him with those aspects of fighting. It’s nothing to do with his heart or his cardio.”
As for Ferguson’s ability to defeat the English opponent, Green thinks Ferguson can still do it. “King” recalled their fight in July, explaining that the veteran didn’t quit. With this, despite some asking for El Cucuy to retire, Green encouraged the fellow fighter to continue his career, adding he believes it is the fight he’ll win.
“Nothing but respect for my dawg. I would say, ‘Keep going, kid,'” Green said. “Everybody telling him to retire and stuff, he’ll retire when he wants to retire. Don’t let nobody tell you different. I fought Tony, so I know what I was dealing with in there the whole entire time.
“Even though I was kicking his ass, Tony was never giving up. He was never going to quit. He was never going to break, and he got that warrior spirit still. So, as long as you got that warrior spirit, go do your thing, bro. You know what I mean? And I think he’s going to beat Paddy.”