Tony Ferguson is the current UFC Lightweight Interim Champion, the Ultimate Fighter 13 Welterweight champion, and a former vacant PureCombat Welterweight champion.
Anthony Armand Ferguson
23 Wins // 3 Losses // 0 Draws
Tony Ferguson is currently 35 years old according to his date of birth February 12, 1984.
5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
155lbs (70 kg)
76.5 inches (194 cm)
Team: 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Oxnard, California, United States
Tony Ferguson has one of the strangest fighting styles ever seen. You can recognize various elements of calisthenics in his strikes and defensive movements. He leaves the crowd breathless with his attractive moves. You could see El Cucuy get applause many times for his amazing extraordinary technique. He has also never been knocked out in the UFC fight!
In the stand-up, Ferguson often switches stances and attacks with all types of strikes. You can’t say he is a puncher, kicker, or knee attacker, he is simply a mixture of everything. He has calisthenics similar to Capoeira, wrestling takedowns and throws, and great kicks. You can call Ferguson the master of straight punches.
Tony Ferguson is also a BJJ black belt, and he is known for one of the best D’Arce chokes ever seen in the history of UFC (3 wins). Ferguson’s special skill is also referred to a front headlock game. On the ground, Ferguson will mostly choose a submission attempt over punching the opponent out. However, if he decides to punch, he gives an advantage to hooks and elbows over other types of strikes.
Tony Ferguson – Record
Tony Ferguson holds the record for the highest winning percentage in the octagon when it comes to the fighter who has fought in two divisions. With the score of 13-1 (both Lightweight and Welterweight division), Ferguson has the winning percentage of 92,86%, and he is currently in the first place. Ferguson also keeps one of the longest winning streaks in the Lightweight division – 10 victories in a row.
The Road To The Top
Tony Ferguson had his MMA debut versus Steve Avalos at California Xtreme Fighting: Anarchy at the Arena on April 12, 2008, in Upland, California. El Cucuy won the fight via submission (punches and elbows).
El Cucuy joined the UFC with the score of 10-2. He had the fastest victory of his career versus Devin Benjamin, whom he defeated after only 0:51 in the first round.
Tony Ferguson – UFC Career
Tony Ferguson had his UFC debut versus Ramsey Nijem at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, on June 14, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson won via KO in the first round and earned his first Knockout Of The Night award. After this fight, El Cucuy returned to the Lightweight division.
Ferguson then defeated Aaron Riley on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135, via TKO (doctor stoppage).
His next rival was Yves Edwards on December 3, 2011, at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Ferguson won the fight via unanimous decision.
Michael Johnson is the only fighter who defeated Tony Ferguson in the UFC. The two faced on UFC On Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. El Cucuy fractured his ulna bone in the second round. Johnson won via unanimous decision after three rounds.
After he recovered his arm, Tony Ferguson faced Mike Rio at UFC 166, on October 19, 2013, and won via tremendous D’Arce choke, earning his first Submission Of The Night award.
At UFC 173, on May 24, 2014, El Cucuy demonstrated the power of his punching again. Katsunori Kikono was very exhausted and Ferguson crushed him via a spectacular right hook in the third round.
Tony Ferguson had the toughest match of his career against Danny Castillo at UFC 177 on August 30, 2014. Ferguson barely won this fight via split decision.
His next opponent was Abel Trujillo, whom he defeated via rear-naked choke at UFC 181 on December 6, 2014.
The real showdown is seen versus Gleison Tibau at UFC 184, on February 28, 2015. Tony Ferguson won via rear-naked choke in the first round, earning his first Performance Of The Night award.
Tony Ferguson then defeated Josh Thomson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15, 2015, and earned his second Performance Of The Night Award.
Tony Ferguson Vs Edson Barboza
El Cucuy faced Brazilian kicking expert at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale at December 11, 2015. He should fight Khabib Nurmagomedov instead, who pulled out due to an injury, and Edson Barboza came in as a substitution.
Ferguson was abducted one point in the first round after he did an illegal upkick. In the second round, Tony Ferguson took Barboza down and finished him via stunning D’Arce choke, and he received Performance Of The Night and Fight Of The Night awards too.
Ferguson then fought a newbie, Lando Vannata, at UFC Fight Night 91, on July 13, 2016. Tony won again via D’Arce choke and received another Fight Of The Night bonus.
Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson fought at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale on November 5, 2016, in Mexico City, Mexico. This was Ferguson’s first main event of the evening. El Cucuy won via unanimous decision after five great rounds, and both fighters received Fight Of The Night bonus.
Tony Ferguson Vs Kevin Lee – UFC 216 Title Shot
Tony Ferguson fought for the Interim Lightweight Title belt at UFC 216, on October 7, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conor McGregor was the champion at that time but he hadn’t fought for more than 18 months and decided to go for a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, which forced UFC officials to give the chance to these two fighters.
Both fighters came out hot, landing early knockdowns in the first round. Kevin Lee had the advantage on the ground during the first five minutes, ending the round in a mount and strong ground and pound game.
However, as the time went by, Kevin Lee was becoming more and more exhausted and Tony Ferguson was using his fatique to take him down and regain control of the game. Ferguson fabulously switched focus from armbar to a triangle choke and won the fight in the third round.
Tony Ferguson Vs Khabib Nurmagomedov – The Fight That Never Happened
Their first showdown was scheduled for The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, on December 11, 2015. Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull back due to an injury.
The fight was scheduled for the second time for UFC On Fox 19, on April 16, 2016. This time, Tony Ferguson pulled back due to lung issues on October 5th.
The fight was rescheduled for UFC 209, on March 4, 2017, for the UFC Lightweight Interim Championship. This time, Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t feel well after a massive weight cut. The fight was canceled again!
The two were scheduled for the main event of the UFC 223 on April 7, 2018. Ferguson threatened a lot – he was saying he will fight Khabib in Mike Tyson style, and he even attacked him at the conference call. But even the fourth time, the fight was canceled – Tony Ferguson suffered torn LCL and he has to undergo a surgery!
He pulled back out of the fight, and Max Holloway should fight versus Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of the evening! When Dana White was asked will the fight between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov ever be booked again, he shortly said “Hell No!”.
After Nurmagomedov’s victory over Al Iaquinta at the main event of UFC 223 and Holloway’s withdrawal, Tony Ferguson is stripped of the title.
Tony Ferguson is married to Cristina Servin and he has a son, Armand Anthony.
Tony Ferguson – Social Media Profiles
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