With roughly 24 hours of notice, Tony Ferguson went from a three-round co-main event with Li Jingliang to a headline five-round bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 279 on Saturday. It was a chaotic weekend, but in the end, everything worked out and fans were treated to the long-awaiting match-up between ‘El Cucuy’ and the man from 209.
It was a highly entertaining and very competitive contest. Nate Diaz spent much of the fight doing typical Nate Diaz things as Ferguson focused on attacking Diaz’s leg throughout the bout. Unfortunately, Tony Ferguson would make a fatal error in the fourth round. ‘El Cucuy’ shot in for a takedown and immediately found himself in a guillotine choke. Left with no other choice, Ferguson tapped out, giving Nate Diaz potentially his last win inside the Octagon.
Following the loss, which would be his fifth straight at this point, Tony Ferguson discussed the mistake that led to his downfalls during the UFC 279 post-fight press conference.
“My corner went for the shot, but should’ve kept it standing,” Ferguson told reporters. “Little details to expand on and to grow from. Nate is a game fighter. I can’t say anything else. It’s not like he’s old and slow and stuff. Hopefully, the crowd that was at UFC 279 there present got some blood splattered on them or something. I had fun in there.”
Despite Recent Losing Streak, Tony Ferguson Has No Intentions of Retiring
Despite suffering his fifth straight loss at UFC 279, the 38-year-old Ferguson has no intentions of hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“I hang my hat at two different places besides home – at 155 and at 70,” Ferguson said. “At 70, it’s been like, what, 10-11 years? I mean, sh*t, I was 14-2 with mostly knockouts? My body literally just got used to it. I fought in May. I lifted heavy. I was taking some weight-gainer protein, doing it right. … I enjoyed it. My fans, the supporters, family, and fans first. It’s a different me out there, and it’s a different me right now.”
While it’s far too soon to speculate who Tony Ferguson may face next, ‘El Cucuy’ is ready to get back into the win column. Whether that happens or not, one thing is for certain; fans will continue to have his back win or lose.