Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson, remains resolute in his decision to continue his combat sports career, despite facing criticism and calls for retirement. Read more about Ferguson’s determination and recent defeats.
Former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson, remains resolute in his decision to continue his combat sports career, despite facing criticism and calls for retirement. Ferguson suffered his sixth consecutive defeat at UFC 291 against Bobby Green, but he refuses to hang up his gloves.
In July, Ferguson returned to the lightweight limit at UFC 291 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately, he experienced a buzzer-beating third-round submission loss to Green, who secured a late D’Arce choke submission win. This defeat marked Ferguson’s sixth consecutive loss, following previous defeats against Nate Diaz, Michael Chandler, Beneil Dariush, Charles Oliveira, and Justin Gaethje.
Despite the scrutiny surrounding his performance, Ferguson has dismissed suggestions to retire and has expressed his determination to continue fighting. He recently stated, ‘I haven’t sparred well since (Edson) Barboza or (Josh) Thompson. Only time I find myself in a cage is when I fight. Since the pandemic, none of this has been fun. I used to smile a lot more when I was competing. I’ve been so busy taking care of others instead of myself.’
Ferguson acknowledges the need to create boundaries and avoid repeating past mistakes. He firmly stated, ‘No, I’m not retiring, and those who think I should can f*ck off. I have work to do, and I’m one pissed off MF.’
Despite his recent string of defeats, it’s important to note that Ferguson’s most recent victory came in 2019 when he secured a second-round doctor’s stoppage TKO win over Donald Cerrone, a former lightweight title challenger and recent Hall of Fame inductee.
The question remains: Will Tony Ferguson continue fighting in the UFC?
- Tony Ferguson refuses to retire despite suffering six consecutive defeats.
- His most recent loss was against Bobby Green at UFC 291.
- Ferguson’s last victory was in 2019 against Donald Cerrone.
- He is determined to continue fighting and dismisses retirement suggestions.