‘People Will Never See It’- Here’s What Tony Ferguson Has to Say On the ‘Harsh Truth’ Of Life

Published 04/17/2021, 10:00 AM 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)


Tony Ferguson is getting ready to return to the Octagon and make sure that he can still compete at the championship level in the UFC. Last year right now, Ferguson was supposed to be heading into a Lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, the pandemic played spoil-sport and Justin Gaethje filled in for Nurmagomedov.

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Gaethje would beat Ferguson in their interim title bout with relative ease, ending one of the longest winning streaks in UFC’s Lightweight history. Ferguson would return to try and redeem himself against Charles Oliveira and fell to a similar one-sided loss. Now he is heading into battle against Beneil Dariush, and this is what is on his mind.

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This seems to be a pretty open comment on how Ferguson has been treated by the media over the years. From reporting on his mental health struggles to counting him out completely from the title picture, Ferguson has a lot to be mad about. He has lost fans over the last year and is now looking to re-establish himself in a division full of sharks.

Tony Ferguson: How does fight with Dariush impact his future?

In all honesty, the Beneil Dariush fight may be the most important fight Tony Ferguson has had in a long time. While he fought Gaethje to get a title shot, the air around this is different. No one doubted Ferguson heading into the fight. In fact, many people had him as the favorite heading into that bout.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Tony Ferguson poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, now people are counting the days of fresh talent replacing Ferguson. Dariush is just an example. Considering how people wanted him to face someone like Islam Makhachev, this may not be the best matchup. After all, Dariush is a comparatively easier fight. If Ferguson loses this, people will count him out even more than they already are.

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It is almost impossible to recover from a three-fight losing streak and returning as the top fighter in the division. If Ferguson loses this fight, his title dreams may be left unachieved. But if he does win this fight, he is back in the running amongst the best of the division.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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