‘Becoming Stronger Than Dustin Poirier’- Tony Ferguson Posts a Cryptic Message on Social Media

Published 08/19/2021, 10:53 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ferguson will fight Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The UFC veteran and former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson, recently added a cryptic post on his Twitter account. The American, who is on a 3 fight losing streak, posted the tweet along with a picture from his training session. It seemed he was targeting Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier through his cryptic tweet.

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‘El Cucuy’ wrote, “Goin’Diamond” Solid Sesh’ Boys, Keep That Sh*t Up- Champ  # BecomeTheGood -CSO-  # MuyMuayThai D’arcemusMaximus W/ The Assist”

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It’s not always easy to decode what he says. But ‘Tony Ferguson Translator’ (aka @CSO_Translator), decrypted the tweet. “Translation: becoming stronger than Dustin Poirier. Boys, keep that energy up. Training with my dog.”

El Cucuy‘ is currently dealing with a torrid time inside the octagon. As mentioned, he has lost his last 3 matches against top fighters of the lightweight division. First, he had a grueling encounter against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 for the interim lightweight title.

In his next fight, he fought against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu machine, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira, at UFC 256. The latter produced a grappling masterclass to outclass ‘El Cucuy’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

His last match was against another grappling specialist in Beneil Dariush. UFC 262 proved to be yet another disappointing outing for Ferguson, who didn’t threaten whatsoever.

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Prior to these demoralizing losses, he was riding a 12 fight win streak with the last win coming against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238.

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Tony Ferguson should stop fighting

One of the greatest fights to never happen is a fight between Khabib and Ferguson. The lightweight behemoths were scheduled many times, but their fight never materialized. Khabib, who has now retired, believes Ferguson’s time in the limelight should also come to a rest.

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“He is 38. Tell me, how he can come back? He was dominated last three fights,” he said. “Different styles, a striker, a grappler, Dariush, Oliveira, Gaethje. They all were dominating him. In stand up or on the ground.”

“38 year old, I think it is time to stop. There should be people next to him that could say that he must stop because of the age… It is not an easy business. Especially, when you are not a young man,” he added.

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Although Ferguson doesn’t have a win in his last few fights, it’s still early to count him out. ‘El Cucuy’ will look to fight another top-ranked fighter on his return. However, another defeat could be cataclysmic.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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