For the very first time in his career, Tony Ferguson is on a losing streak after getting soundly defeated as soon as once more. But if you believe the longtime UFC light-weight standout is concluded, imagine again.
On Monday, Ferguson issued his very first statement roughly 48 several hours taken out from a dominant overall performance by Charles Oliveira in opposition to him, en route to a unanimous decision reduction at UFC 256. For “El Cucuy,” the outcome meant a second consecutive defeat following Justin Gaethje battered him before acquiring the TKO finish in the fifth spherical of their UFC interim title fight previous Might.
Prior to that, Ferguson (25-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) experienced been on an remarkable 12-struggle profitable streak that lasted 6 several years. And while a drop for the 36-calendar year-previous could surface obvious primarily based on these last two performances, Ferguson has no program to slow down – or dangle up his gloves.
“My research for that epic term identified as ‘greatness’ isn’t in excess of,” Ferguson wrote on Instagram. “… We are significantly from currently being retired.”
At no stage in the 3-round struggle with Oliveira was Ferguson ever in manage, as indicated by 30-26 scores across the board. Ferguson didn’t want to make excuses but did admit struggle-week changes designed issues unique.
“I felt flat. I went out and welcomed the attack in its place of protect,” Ferguson said. “The warm-up time in the back again for UFC has not been the similar considering that pre-COVID. Nevertheless no excuses. Occasions transform and so do men and women.”
Oliveira, who pushed his profitable streak to 8, was specifically dominant in the grappling office towards a veteran who prides himself on his floor sport. Ferguson was saved by the bell in the initially spherical as Oliveira locked in a deep armbar that bent Ferguson’s arm backward.
Ferguson, who indicated that his arm is “alright,” gave credit history to Oliveira for his smooth jiu-jitsu display but vowed to in no way be in that position shifting forward.
“Chuck was looking to acquire my again or go for the armbar as soon as we strike the mat. As a result I did not be concerned about the mount,” Ferguson said. “Kid was slick but so am I. I was searching for the knockout standing and D’Arce (choke) from bottom placement at the time we strike (jiu-jitsu) transitions. It was pleasurable fighting versus a moist blanket. Mark my terms, that circumstance won’t occur once more. Period of time.”
You can see Ferguson’s Instagram submit and read through his entire assertion underneath:
My Crew 🍃 No Excuses, I Felt Flat. I Went Out & Welcomed The Attack As a substitute Of Defend. The Heat Up Time In The Back for @UFC Hasn’t Been The Exact Considering the fact that Pre-COVID. Still No Excuses, Occasions Change & So Do Men and women 🍃🌱🍃 The Time From Lodge To UFC Apex Is Much A lot more Condensed & The Intense Degree We Needed Was Not Arrived at. My Fault. 💯
Soon after The Battle, We Were being Checked By Physicians & Went Again To The Lodge. I Felt It Was In Buy To Strike Pads/Spar Right away Simply because The Struggle Was Fresh In My Brain & Blood Circulation In My Arm Was Desired. I Actually Needed To Figure Out What The F’n Issue Was From The Battle, Answer **Pre-Fight Time🥇Management**
Chuck Was Hunting Get My Back again or Go For The Armbar As Quickly As We Hit The Mat. Hence I Didn’t Stress About The Mount, Child Was Slick But So Am I. I Was Seeking For The Knockout Standing & D’arce From Base Place The moment We Strike Jits Transitions. It Was Pleasurable Fighting In opposition to A Wetblanket (AKA “Heavy Tension Opponent”) Mark My Words,That Circumstance Won’t Materialize All over again. Interval.
My Arm Is Aright, The Armbar Was Seriously Limited. The Assumed Of My Son ArmandAnthony’s Means To Be Double Jointed In His Elbow In the course of That Sequence & My Mental Capacity To Endure Agony Acquired Me By way of It. # Breathe # Mental🥇TUFness. Just one ☝️
I’m Further than Grateful & Thankful For My Abilities 🌱 I Have Discovered So Considerably About Myself This 12 months & What My Function In Existence Is. My Search For That Epic Word Identified as “greatness” Is not Above. Comprehend Crew 🍃 We Are Much From Getting Retired, So Message To My Haters🖕🤓 👍 *ShaBam*
Shout Out To My Crew I Set Jointly On Three Months Observe. We’re Continue to Green🥇Boys Thanks For Not Deserting💯Me. (Group, We’re Barely Scratching The Surface area To What We Can Definitely Attain & For That I Say Amen). It Was Excellent Producing Fat & Becoming Close to My Fight Fam For The 7 days. I Can not Wait around Til We Compete In Front Of A Massive Loud Group All over again, It’s Not The Similar Without the need of You All
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