Tony Ferguson
El Cucuy

USA

Crushed by Beneil Dariush
LightweightUFC
May 15, 2021
Ferguson lost to Beneil Dariush via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
"Lost" is one way to put it. "Routed" is another. It's hard to believe, but Ferguson looked just as bad if not worse than in his unanimous decision loss (30-26 x3) to Charles Oliveira last December. With the crowd firmly behind him, Tony was dominated from bell-to-bell. It's difficult to remember one single offensive flurry Ferguson generated throughout the bout. The highlight of his evening was somehow surviving a Round 2 heel hook from Dariush in which he was openly screaming in agony. Simply put, Tony looked totally overwhelmed from the very start. All the things that made Ferguson the biggest threat to Khabib Nurmagomedov's title at not all that long ago -- creativity, unpredictability, aggressiveness -- have completely evaporated. Yes, Ferguson turned 37 years of age this past February, but no one could have seen this sudden and overwhelming collapse forthcoming. It's a sad thing to see, but the days of Tony being competitive against the top of the division appear to be done.
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Set to return in May
LightweightUFC
March 12, 2021
Ferguson is expected to return to the Octagon May 15 to face Beneil Dariush at UFC 262, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson had a rough 2020 in which he experienced back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. His 12-fight winning was stopped by Justin Gaethke at UFC 249 on May 9 after he lost via TKO (strikes) in the final round. He then lost to Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. The 37-year-old will look to get things back on track, although it won't come easy as Dariush is undefeated in his last six fights and is looking for a statement victory over Ferguson.
Given medical suspension
LightweightUFC
December 17, 2020
Ferguson was issued a six-month medical suspension Thursday after suffering an elbow injury in the loss to Charles Oliveira last Saturday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The suspension can last a maximum of six months, but Ferguson can return earlier if given clearance from a doctor. The 37-year-old lost by unanimous decision to Oliveira and likely isn't in a hurry to schedule his next fight.
Routed by Charles Oliveira
LightweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Ferguson lost to Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel for Ferguson just a bit. This is a guy who didn't lose a single fight from October 2013 to May 2020. He has now been dominated twice in the span of just over seven months and finds himself up against it to ever get back in the title picture at 155 pounds. Tony may very well have never survived Round 1 if there were a few more seconds on the clock. Oliveira clamped on one of the deepest armbars you will ever see, and Ferguson somehow managed to see the end of the frame. While Tony was never in that much trouble again throughout the course of the fight, he got nothing going offensively. The back-to-back losses to Oliveira and Justin Gaethje are obviously an issue, but the bigger concern here is how Ferguson wasn't the least bit competitive in either fight. Tony will be 37 years of age this coming February. He's been banged up over the years, and it's fair to wonder if his body is starting to break down on him. Ferguson is one of the better lightweights in the world regardless, but there appears to be a clear and significant gap between "El Cucuy" and the best the division has to offer.
Booked for UFC 256
LightweightUFC
November 20, 2020
Ferguson is expected to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson has not fought since suffering a rough defeat to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. He came out of the fight with a fractured orbital. The 36-year-old will look to get back on track at UFC 256. His opponent, Oliveira, is riding a seven-fight winning streak.
Won't fight at UFC 254
LightweightUFC
September 17, 2020
Ferguson won't get to fight at UFC 254, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson was initially expected to return to the octagon for the Oct. 24 bout, however, UFC president Dana White stated that both Ferguson and his prospective opponent, Dustin Poirier, essentially negotiated themselves out of the fight. "They went quiet on us," stated White. "We couldn't get a fight done."