Wednesday, February 28

Tony Ferguson Addresses Retirement After UFC 296 Loss

Highlights

  • Tony Ferguson faces mounting calls for retirement after his seventh straight defeat in UFC 296, but remains undeterred.
  • Ferguson took to social media to reassure his fans that he has no plans to retire and is determined to press forward in his MMA career.
  • Despite his recent setbacks, Ferguson’s opponents have been formidable, highlighting the challenging nature of his matchups.


Tony Ferguson remains resolute despite mounting calls for his retirement from MMA following another loss at UFC 296. The former interim UFC lightweight champion, who now shares the record for the most consecutive losses in octagon history with B.J. Penn, suffered his seventh straight defeat last Saturday in a unanimous decision against Paddy Pimblett.

Although Ferguson remained competitive in most of his previous losses, his recent bout with Pimblett was predominantly one-sided. Despite these setbacks, Ferguson appears undeterred and continues to defy suggestions of retirement.

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Tony Ferguson Has No Plans To Retire

El Cucuy Has A Message For His Fans

On Wednesday, Ferguson took to social media, and the caption accompanying his post conveyed a clear message – he has no plans of retiring and is determined to press forward. In his message, he expressed gratitude and love to his fans following his recent loss at UFC 296, urging them not to lose faith in him. Notably, one of the hashtags used in his Instagram post directly refutes any speculation about his retirement. Ferguson seems committed to overcoming his recent setbacks and continuing his journey in MMA.

“Love My Fans & Supporters, You All Are Fu**in’ Fire 🔥 Met Lots Of You Saturday/ This Weekend / This Week 🤝 Keep The Faith🙏MF’s. One Foot In Front Of The👣Other Bi***es. Remember What I Said Crew✍️💨🍃” – Champ 🪽-CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 # ThereIsNoSuccessWithoutStruggle # Not 🦹‍♂️RetiringCasuals # EatAFat🖕😎OneYa’BunchOfEunics ✂️🥜”

After their fight, Paddy Pimblett praised Tony Ferguson, referring to the 35-fight veteran as a legend. Pimblett expressed agreement with Ferguson’s decision to continue fighting if he so desires. On the other hand, UFC CEO Dana White had a less optimistic response to Ferguson’s latest loss, stating to reporters, “I would love to see him retire.”

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Ferguson Needs Better Matchmaking After Losses

During his prime, Ferguson was renowned as one of the most formidable fighters in the lightweight division, securing an impressive 12 consecutive victories at one point. He clinched an interim title with a submission win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216. However, he never had the opportunity to fight for the undisputed title due to injuries and other factors.

The recent years have been challenging for Ferguson, and he has not emerged victorious in a fight since June 2019. Tony Ferguson’s recent setbacks have come against formidable opponents, underscoring the caliber of competition he has faced. Among his recent adversaries are Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler, and Nate Diaz. Each of these fighters is either highly ranked in their respective divisions or has competed for UFC titles, showcasing the challenging nature of Ferguson’s recent matchups.

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