Even though we are now evidently in total blown discussion manner on no matter if Tony Ferguson is completed as a top rated tier lightweight in the UFC, there is no denying the toughness of “El Cucuy.”
Ferguson managed to survive an countless onslaught of violence and submission makes an attempt from ascendant contender Charles Oliveira at UFC 256, producing it to the remaining bell. That’s one thing he didn’t pull off in his past fight against Justin Gaethje, who stopped him with a moment and a half to go in their five round interim title combat again in May. This reduction now puts Tony, who appeared so invincible in 2019, on a two battle shedding skid with eight straight rounds worthy of of finding whomped.
When once more, the only good to put on all of this is how Ferguson managed to dangle in there. If you want to crystalize that sentiment down to a single minute, seem no further than this armbar at the conclusion of the 1st from Oliveira.
We even now don’t know how Tony Ferguson didn’t faucet to this. We nonetheless really don’t know how injured his arm was after. As the UFC 256 commentators mentioned, we may never ever know because Tony is the form of male who will not ever inform us.
Psychological toughness aside, there appears to be to be a line drawn in the sand now among ‘old Tony’ and latest Tony, anything UFC president Dana White pointed out in the course of the write-up-party push convention.
“There was some debates likely into that fight, I imagined we were likely to see the outdated Tony,” White said. “I thought that the previous fight [against Gaethje] he was impacted by pounds chopping.”
“I signify 10 out of 10 folks tap to that armbar,” White additional. “The reality that he even created it by way of the armbar is unbelievable and just a testament to how tough and resilient and mad Tony Ferguson is.”
Ferguson is now 36 yrs old. He arrived into the UFC in 2011. He has used the earlier five decades at the leading of the light-weight division. Is it just feasible that his time among the elite at light-weight is ultimately more than?
“Of study course that’s attainable,” White stated. “But Tony demands to go residence and shell out the holidays with his family, just take some time off and think about what he would like to do future yr. We’ll see what is following for him. Each individual time you struggle in this small business, that is always attainable.”
But do not occur at Dana White lumping him in with other getting older legends like Ronaldo Souza and Junior dos Santos and talking about retirement.
“I consider Tony’s nonetheless a pair fights away from creating any mad choices like that.”