Tony Ferguson’s days as a top contender are now over.
Ferguson Is No Longer Ranked
The former UFC interim lightweight champion was in the top 15 rankings for what seemed like forever. But, that would all change this year following the UFC’s latest rankings update. On Tuesday, Ferguson would also be taken out of the top 15 lightweight rankings just like Conor McGregor recently.
Drew Dober cracked the rankings (again) at #14 with an impressive knockout of Bobby Green last weekend. Grant Dawson fell to #15, which ultimately dropped Ferguson from the top 15.
‘El Cucuy’ first entered the UFC lightweight rankings in 2015, right after he submitted Gleison Tibau in his fifth win in a row. Ferguson continued this streak in what was one of the greatest runs in UFC history, racking up 12 straight wins along with UFC interim lightweight gold.
However, things would go south for Ferguson following the COVID-19 pandemic. Another scheduled fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov fizzled out due to travel restrictions and Ferguson instead fought Justin Gaethje for another interim lightweight title.
This would mark the end of Ferguson’s historic 12-fight win streak as Gaethje bloodied Ferguson for a TKO win in the final round. Ferguson went on to lose his next three fights at lightweight to Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush and Michael Chandler.
In his last outing, the legendary lightweight moved up to welterweight to take on Nate Diaz but suffered a submission loss to the Stockton superstar. It’s been months since this fight occurred, but the UFC rankings panel of media members finally decided that ‘Tony time’ is off the clock.