- Joe Rogan suggests that Tony Ferguson is dwindling and has not been the same suffering a knee injury
- The UFC commentator noticed the difference in “El Cucuy’s” movement when doing his pre-fight routine
Joe Rogan is certain Tony Ferguson is approaching, if not, has already approached the tail-end of his MMA career and he could tell by the way “El Cucuy” moves.
Everybody gets old and rusty in this sport
Speaking on his podcast, Rogan recalled the exact incident when Ferguson began to decline. According to the UFC color commentator, “El Cucuy” hasn’t been the same since then and the fact that it was also the reason why his title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov got cancelled made it even worse to look back on.
“In the old days when Tony Ferguson was on this undefeated run, he was one of the baddest f**king men on the planet,” Rogan said. “The fact that him and Khabib never got to fight is a real f**king tragedy. Because when he was in his prime that’s when he fell, just tripped on some wires backstage doing an interview and ripped his f**king knee apart just completely ripped his… That’s why the fight got cancelled… He came back and he beat Anthony Pettis. He looked really f**king good but you know, an elite fighter can only operate at their highest level for so many years. There’s only like, there’s a window of time where you can operate at the highest RPMs.”
Tony no longer got it
Rogan also used Ferguson’s pre-fight routine as proof that “El Cucuy” is no longer the lethal fighter he once was. In the clip, it could be seen that Ferguson drastically struggled to do his signature pre-fight routine as time passed by.
“When Fighters get older, they can’t move as good. There’s a bunch of sh*t that you don’t see… There’s apparently a video of Tony Ferguson when he used to enter the Octagon, how he used to move versus now… It’s also the contrast to the way his body moves,” Rogan said.
Ferguson has been on an ugly skid, having lost six fights in a row. The world is about to see if he still has something left in his tank when he faces Paddy Pimblett at UFC 296 this weekend.
Check out Rogan’s podcast clip below: