UFC 296: Tony Ferguson Speaks Out Following Loss Against Paddy Pimblett

Ferguson takes to social media to comment on UFC 296 defeat.

Tony Ferguson Paddy Pimblett Ufc 296
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Tony Ferguson did indeed suffer his seventh loss in a row, and he’s issued a brief statement on his latest defeat.

Ferguson shared the Octagon with Paddy Pimblett on the main card of UFC 296, which was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 16. Ahead of the bout, “El Cucuy” made a change to his camp, enlisting the help of retired U.S. Navy SEAL David Goggins. While Ferguson looked to be in great physical shape, it didn’t lead to a different result for him, as he dropped a unanimous decision to Paddy “The Baddy.”

Tony Ferguson On His UFC 296 Loss

Tony Ferguson has taken to his Instagram Stories to briefly address his UFC 296 defeat, and he seems to be in good spirits.

Tony Ferguson Statement Ufc 296 Loss

“Love my fans and supporters, y’all are f*ckin’ fire,” Ferguson wrote. “Keep the faith MF’s. One foot in front of the other b*tches. Remember what I said, crew.”

This current skid for “El Cucuy” is a far cry from the success he had during his prime years. At one point, Ferguson was riding a 12-fight winning streak. He was even the interim UFC lightweight champion, but had to be stripped of the gold due to an injury, which prevented him from fighting UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson’s hot streak was halted in brutal fashion by Justin Gaethje back in 2020. “The Highlight” battered “El Cucuy” before finally earning a TKO win in the fifth round. Ever since that fight, which was Ferguson’s chance to become a two-time interim UFC titleholder, “El Cucuy” has continued the downfall.

Dana White On What Ferguson Should Do Next

During the UFC 296 post-fight press conference, UFC CEO Dana White commented on yet another loss for Ferguson. As expected, Dana kept things blunt following the lightweight veteran’s performance.

“I would love to see Tony retire,” White said.

Published on December 18, 2023 at 11:26 am
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