Tony Ferguson recently got away from talks of a retirement, when he announced via Twitter that he wasn’t going anywhere and that he was “pissed” now. This came after his third consecutive loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 262, which put his UFC title hopes even further out of reach.
Ferguson has doubled down on this claim, with a follow up statement earlier today that he not only wants to fight again, but wants to once again become an active fighter and compete more regularly. Ferguson also stated that nobody wants to go toe to toe with him and that he is still growing as an athlete. You can see the statement below via his Facebook page:
“An Active Fighter Is What I Wanted To Be. This Is What I Enjoy Doing. I’m Competing Regularly Again For The Fans & Supporters Instead Of Once A Year (No More Icing The Kicker & Losing Shelf Life)…”
“I Absolutely HATE losing… The Game Has Changed & My Athleticism Recognizes What Needs To Happen.. Beyond Hungrier Than A 155lb Weight Cut. Washed Up… Slightly, We’re Cleaning Up My Game Better & Better.”
“Taking Longer Than I Wanted, But Hey Anything Can Happen In Snap Down City!!! Don’t Count Me Out, We’re Still Growing. These Guys Don’t Want To Go Toe-2-Toe. I Wouldn’t Either. Congrats To Chuck & Benny On Their Much Deserved Victories, Alley-Oop MF’s.”
Our YouTube poll, asking what’s next for Tony Ferguson was in favor of ‘El Cucuy’ retiring. But without those plans and with the respect of the UFC for all he has done, you’d expect Ferguson to get a more favorable match up in the near future, considering his last three opponents are currently in the top three.
What Ferguson hasn’t made a statement on is his current health. Beneil Dariush spoke to Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA after his win and doubled down on his belief that he injured Ferguson during his submission attempt. This was of course in regards to the heel hook that Dariush applied to Ferguson, which resulted in visible pain that he believes happened as he tore his ACL. This is an injury Ferguson is familiar with, and could play a part in his long he will be out of action for.
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