Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) obtained off to a good begin in his showcased lightweight bout towards Michael Chandler on Saturday at Footprint Centre, dropping the former title challenger early. But just 17 seconds into Round 2, Ferguson was caught by a correctly timed front kick that knocked him out chilly.
The loss to Chandler (23-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) marked Ferguson’s fourth straight, but White intended what he mentioned when he beforehand claimed that Ferguson’s foreseeable future with the company would not be in jeopardy if he shed at UFC 274.
“Everybody was asking me this week foremost up to this fight: Is this a make or crack for Tony Ferguson? And I explained no,” White explained for the duration of the UFC 274 put up-struggle news meeting. “He’s continue to a person of the leading 10 guys in the planet, and he appeared damn superior in that initial spherical, but that was a vicious knockout.
“I believe what wants to come about now is Tony demands to acquire some time off following that knockout, and I never know. But it’s not like, ‘Oh my God, Tony received dominated and appears to be like like he does not even belong in this article.’ Tony looked damn great ideal up until finally he bought caught, and you know in this game any one can get caught with anything at all.”
Ferguson was transported to a nearby hospital following the battle and launched the very same night time soon after his CT scans came back again detrimental. He launched an encouraging assertion late Sunday night time, vowing that he’s considerably from remaining performed despite his losing skid.