Tony Ferguson Hits Out at Khabib Nurmagomedov for ‘Verbally Tapping Out’

Published 03/21/2021, 10:03 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Tony Ferguson poses for photos during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Tony Ferguson is back to social media with his training clips. ‘El Cucuy’ often shares videos of his workouts with his fans. What makes them exciting is that his workouts are never ‘normal’. From working out in jeans to elbowing a metal pole to sharpen his elbows, Ferguson’s eccentric training moves are a joy to watch. 

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Ferguson took to Twitter to share a video of him practicing his striking. This elicited a response from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who commented on the post and called Ferguson a white belt. 

‘El Cucuy’ replied, “Ali, I Accept Your Client Fathead @TeamKhabib verbal tap 29-1 It Is. It’s MMA Not Jiujitsu Ya Slop. Stick to Dodging Fights On Purpose & Bein’ A Sour Bish’ # BeGon’Thot -CSO-”

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This is not the first time that Abdelaziz and Ferguson have gone back and forth on social media, and presumably, it won’t be the last either. 

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Is Tony Ferguson ‘Finished’?

In the space of a few months, Tony Ferguson went from being a top talent at 155-pounds with a 12-fight win streak to two losses on the trot. There are rumors that the UFC might cut him from the promotion if he fails to secure a win in his next fight. 

Justin Gaethje snapped Tony Ferguson’s win streak when the two men fought at UFC 249. It could be argued that the earlier weight cut he made could have affected his performance. However, against Oliveira, Ferguson had no excuse for such an abysmal performance. 

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 05: Tony Ferguson of the United States raises his hand after facing Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Mexican-American was dominated over three rounds and never looked like himself. Now, he will take on a reinvigorated Beneil Dariush who is on a six-fight win streak (four stoppages). 

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If Ferguson were to lose the fight, he would move to 0-3 in his last three fights. Given his age and performances, the writing may be on the wall. However, if ‘El Cucuy’ is able to stop a resurgent Dariush, all doubts of him being ‘finished’ would be erased. 

The fight at UFC 262 is extremely crucial for Ferguson and his UFC career. Fans will hope that Ferguson can put on a magnificent display and secure his first win almost a year after ‘The Highlight’ put his legendary streak to rest.

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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