Tony Ferguson Has a Hard Hitting Response To Retirement Rumors

Published 05/18/2021, 8:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Tony Ferguson celebrates after his submission victory over Kevin Lee in their interim UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 216 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC veteran and former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is going through a torrid time. He has now lost three fights on the trot after racking up 12 wins in a row previously. Ferguson’s latest loss against Beneil Dariush would hurt him the most as it came against a less profile fighter compared to other losses.

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After the loss, various fighters and fans alike have doubted his continuity for the promotion. Ferguson though, took to Twitter to give an update about his plans for retirement. The former interim champion gleefully denied quitting the promotion quoting Adam Sandler’s classic comedy, Happy Gilmore.

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He wrote,It Ain’t Over Yet Mcgavin’, The Way I See It … We’ve Only Just Begun. -Happy Gilmore Retire & Give These MF’s A Break!? No, Not On My Watch. Now I’m Pissed.  -CSO-  Thank you Hardcore For Picking Me Up When I Was Down- Champ  # FindingMyHappyPlace # GoldJacket”

Ferguson entered his match against Dariush, hoping to secure a dominant victory. But little did he know Dariush would prove out to be a tough nut to crack for him.

Dariush started the match with some hard-hitting punches and dangerous leg kicks. Shortly, he turned for grappling and was successful as took Ferguson down on the canvas with a perfect takedown.

More grappling followed the suit in the second round. Ferguson in between applied D’arce choke during a takedown, but the Assyrian was quick to escape and again caught Ferguson with punch combos.

Dariush then caught Ferguson in a tangle with a heel hook. Any other fighter could have tapped in seconds but there is no quit in Ferguson. In the third round, Dariush won a takedown and held control thereafter to finally hand Ferguson his third straight loss, this time via unanimous decision.

Quitting doesn’t exist for Tony Ferguson

During the second round, Dariush had locked in the heel hook submission. He applied full torque with duress over the heel and anyone could have said how painful it was for Ferguson to endure it.

But there is no tapping word installed in Ferguson’s body and mind. He endured it and finally broke through it. This even made Dariush term ‘El Cucuy’ as ‘Zombie’ after the fight.

This is not the first time. Charles Oliveira (the new lightweight kingpin) had caught ‘El Cucuy’ in a similarly brutal submission via armbar at UFC 256.

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Oliveira had hyper-extended Ferguson’s arm, which came close to splitting in two. However, Ferguson dumbfounded everyone, even Dana White and commentators by refusing to tap till the round culminated.

It isn’t the end of the road for Ferguson by any stretch of the imagination. But he needs to go back to the drawing board and lay a proper plan to return to winning ways. At 37, things are not looking good for him going ahead and the title challenge looks glim too.

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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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