Tony Ferguson
El Cucuy

USA

Added to UFC 238
LightweightUFC
May 10, 2019
Ferguson will take on Donald "Cowboy" Cerone at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson was awaiting medical clearance for his return to the octagon and it appears he's got it with a date set for his next fight. El Cucuy carries an 11-match winning streak into the bout (six by submission), including a win over Anthony Pettis in his most recent bout. Cerrone takes a three-fight winning streak into the contest as well. While Ferguson began his career specializing in knockouts, he has transitioned to winning mainly by submission since making it to the UFC. The reverse is true for Cerrone, which makes for an interesting contrast in styles.
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Awaiting medical clearance
LightweightUFC
April 16, 2019
UFC President Dana White told reporters at his post-UFC press conference that Ferguson (knee) will need to be cleared by UFC doctors before he books his next fight, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson disclosed this week via his personal Twitter account that he has passed his medicals, but White's post-fight presser seemed to directly contradict that statement. "I don't know if Tony's ready to fight," White stated after the event, also adding that Ferguson turned down an opportunity to compete for the interim belt. Ferguson had previously been lined up to fight current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on multiple occasions, but each booking fell through for various reasons. The most recent cancellation was due to a fluke Ferguson injury, and it seems he has yet to fully recover from it. There have also been complications in his personal life of late. Following the conclusion of Saturday's Interim Lightweight Title fight, Dustin Poirier is now next in line to face Nurmagomedov, but Ferguson could very well be waiting in the wings for the winner.
Handed restraining order
LightweightUFC
March 15, 2019
Ferguson's wife filed a temporary restraining order on him Wednesday, Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson and his wife will have a hearing April 5 to review the claims made about him in court. Since the restraint was filed, Ferguson's wife made a public statement saying that "[He] is a good husband and good father to our son. The current legal proceedings are a part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible husband and father, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter."
Emerges from war with Anthony Pettis with 11th straight win
LightweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Ferguson defeated Anthony Pettis via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Ferguson is an absolute madman and that is meant in the most positive of terms. Less than six months off major knee surgery, "El Cucuy" emerged victorious from a war with a game Pettis. It took Ferguson about 90 seconds to find his range and from there on he applied constant pressure to his opponent. Ferguson did eat one monster shot from Pettis (that broke the later's hand and ended up ending his evening), but he recovered quickly and went right back to controlling the fight. Ferguson is one of the few fighters that has gotten considerably better as he has aged. The 34-year-old Ferguson is now riding a 11-fight winning streak. Ferguson's last loss came against Michael Johnson in May 2012. It would be shocking if he didn't get the winner of tonight's Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor fight. He deserves it, but will at least be held over by a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Will fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 229
LightweightUFC
August 26, 2018
Ferguson (knee) will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight matchup at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.
ANALYSIS
The most highly-anticipated card of the year now has a co-main event, in addition to a potential insurance policy should lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov or Conor McGregor be unfit to fight for any reason. Ferguson recently had to withdraw from UFC 223 with a fluke, non-contact injury to his knee, but he'll make a quick turnaround and head to Vegas to fight Pettis at UFC 229 instead. The 34-year-old will hold height and reach advantages over Pettis, in addition to a big edge in volume striking. Both are formidable grapplers, with Ferguson owning a significantly better takedown defense of 76 percent, compared to 58 percent for Pettis. Look for Ferguson to enter as the betting favorite.
Scratched from UFC 223
LightweightUFC
April 1, 2018
Ferguson (knee) will not fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This unbelievably marks the fourth time a Ferguson vs. Khabib will need to be rescheduled, this time because Ferguson reportedly tore a ligament in his knee late last week during a freak, non-fighting-related accident. Max Holloway will take his place to compete for UFC's undisputed lightweight title.