Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson managed to scoop The Ultimate Fighter 13 back in 2011 at the welterweight limit of 170lbs. And amid his recent run of four consecutive losses at lightweight, the Oxnard veteran has welcomed a potential return up a division.
Tony Ferguson, who featured just last weekend at UFC 274, suffered his fourth straight loss since embarking on a division-best 12 fight winning run, dropping a brutal second round front kick knockout loss to fellow contender, Michael Chandler.
Without a victory since his doctor’s stoppage success against Donald Cerrone in 2019, Ferguson has since dropped an interim title fight loss to Justin Gaethje, as well as a pair of unanimous decision defeats to both former champion, Charles Oliveira, and fellow staple, Beneil Dariush.
Remaining upbeat despite his crushing knockout loss to Chandler – the first complete knockout defeat of his career, Ferguson admitted that a potential return at the welterweight limit piqued his interest.
“I wouldn’t mind going back up to 170,” Tony Ferguson said during an interview with MMA Junkie reporter, Mike Bohn. “I knocked everybody out up there at 170. This cut to 155 – it’s not too hard, but I lose a lot of muscle mass, man. I f*cking hate being skinny like that, I look like a little b*tch, I don’t f*cking like that.”
“I work my ass off to put on muscle and make sure that I eat right, and I do that – and my pops always told me, ‘Anthony, wrestle at your own bodyweight.’ And I haven’t done that for a while. What I did for the last year and a half was, I just stopped everything and I just paid attention to everything other people were doing…”
Tony Ferguson won The Ultimate Fighter 13 at the welterweight limit
In his most recent appearance at the weight class, the Oxnard fan-favorite won TUF 13 against Ramsey Nijem, landing a first round knockout victory – after he had landed a trio of prior knockout victories in exhibition bouts on that season.