Known as the ‘Boogeyman’, Tony Ferguson is a one-of-a-kind athlete. The American was born on February 12, 1984. Notably, he is regarded as the most complete mixed martial artist on the planet. As of January 2021, he sits at #5 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Ferguson started training in MMA in 2007. Since then, he has competed in both lightweight and welterweight. As of now, it looks like Ferguson has found a home in the lightweight division.
Ferguson officially debuted in UFC on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 13, the season where he won. He defeated Kevin Lee to become the interim- lightweight champion of the UFC. However, he was later stripped of the title because of a gruesome injury. Despite this, fans refer to him as the ‘People’s Champion.’
Prior to his fight with Justin Gaethje, Ferguson was on a twelve-fight win streak. He attempted to capture the interim title again, but ‘The Highlight’ stopped him in his tracks. His last bout was against Charles Oliveira at UFC 256, where he lost the fight via unanimous decision.
He has put together a 15-3 record in the UFC.
Over the years, Ferguson has developed a style difficult to beat, and he has destroyed his opponents. His high pace and pressure make it difficult for opponents to catch up to him. He is the most unorthodox and unpredictable fighter in the UFC.
While most fighters don’t like to be put on their backs, Ferguson thrives on that position. He has vicious elbows and slick submissions in his arsenal. Further, he is famous for his D’arce chokes. Apart from his ground game, he has very underrated striking.
Ferguson holds a proud record of 25-5-0 in his MMA career. He has won the Fight of the Night Bonus six times and the Performance of the Night bonus 3 times. He won the Submission as well as Knockout of the Night bonus one time.
Tony also won the PureCombat Welterweight Championship. Moreover, he holds a Black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo. Besides that, he has won many championships in wrestling and other MMA promotions.
Tony Ferguson has earned $2,879,000 from his UFC career according to The Sports Daily. His highest payday came through his match with Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship, in which he made around $530,000. This does not include undisclosed bonuses.
According to Ferguson, he did not get many sponsorships with his previous management company, Paradigm Sports. This led him to switch to Ballengee Group. With a new team, Ferguson announced sponsorship deals from companies like RDX Sports, Monster, and Reebok.
|Born||12 February 1984|
|Gym||Team Death Clutch|
|Weight/ Division||155 lbs (lightweight), 170 lbs (welterweight)|
|Active Win Streak||0|
|Wins by Stoppage (Submissions & KO/TKO)||20 (12 KO/TKOs & 8 Submissions)|
|Estimated Net Worth||N/A|
|Endorsements||RDX Sports, Monster, Reebok|