Tony Ferguson
El Cucuy

USA

Out
Injury Orbital
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Handed 60-day medical suspension
LightweightUFC
Out
May 11, 2020
Ferguson (orbital) was given a minimum 60-day medical suspension by the Florida State Boxing Commission on Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson will likely need a longer time to heal than just 60 days, as he suffered a fractured orbital in his loss to Justin Gaethje on Saturday. The defeat ended Ferguson's 12-fight winning streak. He could still wind up being suspended for more than 60 days, as his suspension could be adjusted pending further tests.
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Fractures orbital in loss
LightweightUFC
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May 11, 2020
Ferguson suffered a fractured orbital in his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on Saturday, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
It's another tough break for Ferguson, who had little to gain and a mountain to lose from accepting a bout against a fighter as dangerous as Gaethje on short notice. Look for a maximum medical suspension to be dished out in the near future, which would put Ferguson's earliest return date somewhere in late-2020.
Win streak ends in shocking fashion
LightweightUFC
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May 9, 2020
Ferguson's 12-fight winning streak came to an end in Saturday's interim UFC Lightweight Championship fight against Justin Gaethje, as he fell via TKO (strikes) at 3:39 of Round 5 at UFC 249 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
That collective groan you hear is the UFC brass as they see their dream matchup of Ferguson and current Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov go flying out the window. The company tried to book that one no less than five times and it fell through each and every time for a variety of reasons. Ferguson needed to run his win streak to 13 in order to make it a potential reality once again, and Gaethje stopped him in his tracks. Tony looked off in this one from the very start. He essentially spent 25 minutes eating flush power shots from Gaethje. To Tony's credit, he ate just about every single one of them without issue. His chin has always been the most underrated part of his game, and he never in a million years would have seen Round 5 on Saturday if it wasn't for his toughness and durability. Ferguson generated his fair share of offense, but his inability to defend himself was his ultimate undoing. His biggest moment of the fight was a knockout of Gaethje in the final seconds of Round 2. This is a shame in many ways. Ferguson won 12-straight fights from October 2013 to June 2019 and isn't going to be rewarded at any point during that span with an undisputed title shot. This was Ferguson's first loss since a unanimous decision setback against Michael Johnson on May 5, 2012. It's little consolation, but Ferguson will go home with an extra $50,000 in the form of a Fight of the Night bonus.
Fight rescheduled for May 9
LightweightUFC
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April 24, 2020
Ferguson is slated to take on Justin Gaethje at a reschedule UFC 249 event on May 9, Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson's original date with Gaethje was canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, but ESPN has confirmed that it has plans to air the event and Florida is open for business at this point, so all signs point to May 9 for the next round of bouts following a hiatus. Ferguson and Gaethje are set to duke it out for the interim title bout ahead of a fight against KhabibNurmagodeov. Ferguson is sitting as a (-165) betting favorite as of Sunday afternoon, similar to where he was for the originally-scheduled matchup.
UFC 249 postponed
LightweightUFC
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April 9, 2020
Ferguson will not face Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on April 18 due to the event being postponed, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear when Ferguson or any fighter will be able to make the walk to the Octagon in the near future, as all scheduled fight cards have apparently been postponed indefinitely due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. It's worth noting, however, that Ferguson and Gaethje are rumored to be fighting at a relocated UFC 249 event on May 9. Considering the matchup against Gaethje was put together hastily after the withdrawal of Khabib Nurmagomedov, it's unclear if the the UFC will move forward with this interim title bout at this time. Should events ultimately get postponed until late-summer or fall, the promotion could simply revert back to the originally-scheduled matchup between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, with the winner presumably in line to face Conor McGregor at a later date.
Officially facing Gaethje at UFC 249
LightweightUFC
Out
April 6, 2020
Ferguson will now face Justin Gaethje for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson was originally supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in a more traditional title shot, but that bout was scrapped after it was announced Nurmagomedov would not be able to travel from Russia due to restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC has yet to officially announce a location for the event, but given that Ferguson had previously implied he wouldn't sign without one, the promotion seems to have something lined up. As of Monday afternoon, Ferguson is approximately a (-145) betting favorite in the sportsbooks that had been taking action in this matchup. This has the makings of a fan and fantasy-friendly fight, as both combatants average more than five significant strikes landed per minute during their time in the UFC. The winner here will presumably take on Nurmagomedov once things are hopefully back to normal in late-2020.