Tony Ferguson will be on the comeback trail in 2021, rebounding from a disappointing 2020. He was scheduled to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in a long-awaited super-fight for UFC 249. However, COVID-19 scrapped the match and Tony took an interim title fight against Justin Gaethje. Gaethje would beat Tony and go on to fight Khabib at UFC 254.
Tony returned to the octagon at UFC 256 against Charles ‘do Bronx’ Oliveira. However, this bout turned sour for Tony again, as Oliveira comfortably dispatched him. Ferguson’s record still gets him his status as one of the best Lightweights around. As a result, there is a lot of anticipation for what he does next.
Ferguson dropped an inspirational video calling himself a warrior on Twitter. It is basically a montage of Ferguson training and inside the UFC octagon. It is very well out-together. However, it fails to answer the question that every fan has. What is next for Tony?
Tony Ferguson is still one of the best Lightweights in the world. The issue with his recent performances is the shock value of the losses. Both Oliveira and Gaethje won very convincingly against a man that seemed unbeatable. The Gaethje loss set him off-kilter and the Oliveira one was a result of that.
While the talent may be catching up to Tony, who has had a very long career in the sport, he still has a lot of weapons in his arsenal. The question around him is whether he will be able to use those weapons to start dominating again.
With the current layout of the division, it is hard to place Tony at the top right now. The best bet for him would be to wait for the result of Michael Chandler vs Dan Hooker and then see who he wants to face. Chandler said he would be open to a Ferguson matchup, so that may be another major fight the UFC could get before ‘El Cucuy’ starts to contemplate stepping away.
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