Tony Ferguson Reveals Who Will Be in His Corner For UFC 262

Published 05/14/2021, 2:58 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)


UFC Lightweight maestro Tony Ferguson will be co-main eventing UFC 262 with Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021. The headlining event is the titular clash between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

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Ferguson is desperate for a victory against Dariush as he wants to return to his absolute best, which saw him clinch 12 victories on the trot before two losses.

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Recently, ‘El Cucuy’ appeared in an interview with ESPN where he detailed everything about the people who will stand in his corner. “Yup coach (Freddie Roach) will be there too,” he said.

“I have a bunch of trainers and not just one person. Wild card boxing, my peers, shout out to my peers, they all have their fights coming up.

“I’m fighting my a** off for you guys, obviously. You guys have been awesome towards me and likewise vice versa to them.”

He further said his academy team members will be present too. The list doesn’t stop here, Ferguson added, “Coach Greg Nelson, coach Eric Paulson, coach Marty Morgan, and coach Brock Lesnar, these guys have been in contact with me for this fight and a long along (with) more people.”

Ferguson has been training under Roach’s wild card gym for the preparation of the current fight. In addition to Roach, he will have his old college wrestling coach Dave Mills in his corner, as well as longtime 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu training partner and UFC veteran Ben Saunders too.

Earlier, Ferguson got rid of his entire team after suffering 2 losses. He claimed that they weren’t testing him enough, and he was not able to grow. “When you’re the smartest man in the room, you have to basically fire everybody,” he said.

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Ferguson took a dig at UFC for not treating him properly, “I can get treated like sh*t that’s how UFC treated for the longest time. I still haven’t got a title fight but I’m still showing up,” he said.

He added further that UFC has taken his title, numbers on the check (low pay). “You are not caring about my family, you are not caring about anything else. This is a joke to everybody,” he said.

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Ferguson certainly seems to be fired up for the bout against Dariush. He will be aiming for one last run towards the gold, starting from UFC 262.

Can the change in coaching staff bring a change in fortunes too for Ferguson?

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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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