Tony Ferguson
El Cucuy
Handed restraining order
LightweightUFC
March 15, 2019
Ferguson's wife filed a temporary restraining order on him Wednesday, Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson and his wife will have a hearing April 5 to review the claims made about him in court. Since the restraint was filed, Ferguson's wife made a public statement saying that "[He] is a good husband and good father to our son. The current legal proceedings are a part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible husband and father, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter."
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Emerges from war with Anthony Pettis with 11th straight win
LightweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Ferguson defeated Anthony Pettis via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson is an absolute madman and that is meant in the most positive of terms. Less than six months off major knee surgery, "El Cucuy" emerged victorious from a war with a game Pettis. It took Ferguson about 90 seconds to find his range and from there on he applied constant pressure to his opponent. Ferguson did eat one monster shot from Pettis (that broke the later's hand and ended up ending his evening), but he recovered quickly and went right back to controlling the fight. Ferguson is one of the few fighters that has gotten considerably better as he has aged. The 34-year-old Ferguson is now riding a 11-fight winning streak. Ferguson's last loss came against Michael Johnson in May 2012. It would be shocking if he didn't get the winner of tonight's Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor fight. He deserves it, but will at least be held over by a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Will fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 229
LightweightUFC
August 26, 2018
Ferguson (knee) will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight matchup at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.
ANALYSIS
The most highly-anticipated card of the year now has a co-main event, in addition to a potential insurance policy should lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov or Conor McGregor be unfit to fight for any reason. Ferguson recently had to withdraw from UFC 223 with a fluke, non-contact injury to his knee, but he'll make a quick turnaround and head to Vegas to fight Pettis at UFC 229 instead. The 34-year-old will hold height and reach advantages over Pettis, in addition to a big edge in volume striking. Both are formidable grapplers, with Ferguson owning a significantly better takedown defense of 76 percent, compared to 58 percent for Pettis. Look for Ferguson to enter as the betting favorite.
Scratched from UFC 223
LightweightUFC
April 1, 2018
Ferguson (knee) will not fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This unbelievably marks the fourth time a Ferguson vs. Khabib will need to be rescheduled, this time because Ferguson reportedly tore a ligament in his knee late last week during a freak, non-fighting-related accident. Max Holloway will take his place to compete for UFC's undisputed lightweight title.
To face Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn
LightweightUFC
January 17, 2018
Ferguson (elbow) will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight championship fight on April 7 at UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
At this point, there has been no word as to whether the bout will be for Ferguson's interim lightweight belt, or if Conor McGregor will be stripped of his title, but that is sure to be decided in due time. Ferguson claimed the interim title in October by besting Kevin Lee via submission (triangle choke) at UFC 216 in Las Vegas in early October. "El Cucuy" did undergo elbow surgery in the first week of December, but should be fully healed and operational well before this upcoming fight. Ferguson was expected to take on Nurmagomedov this past spring, but the latter failed to receive proper medical clearance, and the bout fell by the wayside after "The Eagle" wound up being hospitalized due to weight cut issues. There were also two previous occasions when talks regarding these two heated up, but injuries on each side prevented anything from coming to fruition. But now we will finally see them face off in the Octagon, as Nurmagomedov will bring his perfect 25-0 professional record up against Ferguson's 23-3 mark.
Out following elbow surgery
LightweightUFC
December 7, 2017
Ferguson recently underwent elbow surgery and will be sidelined for an "indeterminate amount of time," Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The current interim UFC Lightweight Champion will be out for the foreseeable future. Although there hasn't been a clear timetable for his recovery, there should be a better sense of a return date by the time the new year rolls around. In his previous fight, Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee via submission (triangle choke) at UFC 216 in Las Vegas in early October.